* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

3098 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Amazon shows off robot warehouse workers that won't complain, quit, unionize...

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Terminator

Going to be interested if Rise of the Machines(tm) really happens.

Montana bunker prepped and ready just in case?

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Excellent eppysode, and will get even better with age, like a good wine.

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Re: Favourite CPU socket?

Z80 uber alles.

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups

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"Someone at the meeting seriously suggested that we add an extra button to the keyboard. One would be 'Delete, but I may want this back' and another would be 'Delete, now and forever'."

It's called the Deleted Items in Outlook.

Teslasuit demo: Taking a crack at force feedback with the 'Glove'

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*ahem* the sex industry's very interested and would like a good demonstration.

Samsung fined $14 million for misleading smartphone water resistance claims

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Sagsmug doing Sagsmug things.

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia

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404 - BillyWindows Not Found. (A)bort, (R)etry, (F)ail, (L)aunch Linux?

This will most probably also include virus definitions for the baked-in Windows Defender.

Best would be to switch over to Linux, but that is easier said than done.

Wonder which tech company will be next on this particular sanctions bandwagon?

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The BOFH will re-introduce Windows to Russia.

Most definitely above expensive cars or rubbish skips full of pointy steel bits.

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop

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Anybody had the infamous "Bad or missing Command Interpreter" on DOS V3.00 systems, after accidentally renaming/moving/deleting COMMAND.COM?

need to get out of IT now -->

Microsoft readies Windows Autopatch to free admins from dealing with its fixes

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AutoPatch should be called AutoBork

BOFH: Tech helps HR investigate the Boss's devices

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Qualitay.

And with the lawyery type gone walkabouts too... 107% success rate.

Time for an early Friday and something refreshing...

512 disk drives later, Floppotron computer hardware orchestra hits v3.0

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Re: Mr. Fix-It, Mr. Restore-It, and Mr. Teach-It

These days it is far cheaper to toss a broken something than to try and fix it.

Most consumer items are also assembled without any means of disassembling it.

The older items of kitchen equipment can still be disassembled, fixed, and returned to working operation, but the latest and newest... not quite, since it now mostly have lots of electronics in, and not everybody have the expertise or means to troubleshoot electronical issues - easier just to toss and replace.

Mentality need to change, and it will not be easy.

End-of-life smartphone? Penguins at postmarketOS aim to revive it

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Re: 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste

Agreed wrt the battery.

If only there was an easy way to replace the battery without stripping or disassembling the phone completely...

Older phones had removable batteries. Some batteries (like blackberries etc) are standalone, meaning they do not form part of the battery compartment cover.

Some phones' batteries was actually a part of the battery compartment (some older Nokia phones, like the venerable 5110, 6310 and 3310) etc.

Unfortunately, in order to maximize assembly speed, minimize component cost and the such, most manufacturers started to place the battery into the phone casing, and in some extreme cases, hot glue everything together. This lead to smaller designs, but also have its drawbacks, such as when the battery turn into a spicy pillow. (There is a subreddit dedicated to this, called r/spicypillows)

It will not be easy to go back to the oldstyle phone with removable batteries, since most people are programmed to believe that thin phones are the in thing.

I'm prepared to have a thicker phone with a removable battery so that I can use it for a longer-than-designed lifespan.

But I may just be pissing into the hurricane at this stage.

Teeth marks yield clue to widespread internet outage in Canada

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Re: Not really novel

Lovely spaghetti, how about some meatballs with a nice sauce to go with it?

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Most notworking issues with networks are caused by Layer 1 issues - not plugged in properly, cable fault, cable break etc.

Sharing layer 1 infra may save some money, but will cause some issues later on, should Mr Murphy decide to take a poke at Layer 1. Yet most telcos will gladly take that risk as having redundant infra will affect their bottom line.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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Terminator

Any bets on when this bot will become self-aware and start taking over the world?

Or will something like Colossus : The Forbin Project happen when a Google bot will shack up with an Amazon bot, and so repress the world?

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Re: I'll Be Back

Wondering when it will become self-aware.

openSUSE Leap 15.4: The best desktop on the RPM side of the Linux world

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Trollface

Downloading it, will have the PFY try it out.

And, yes, will warn him about BTRFS, and to use that only for the Beancounter servers.

How one techie ended up paying the tab on an Apple Macintosh Plus

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Inquiring minds now want to know how many tabs can Wordstar take.

And WordPerfect as well.

Alibaba sued for selling a 3D printer that overheated, caught fire, and killed a man

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Ali Baba and his 40 thieves...

We had a Sagsmug laser printer in the office. When you switched it on, and left it for a while, you can smell it is definitely overheating.

So we scrapped and binned it. Better safe than sorry.

Taiwan bans exports of chips faster than 25MHz to Russia, Belarus

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Re: meanwhile in Russia...

In Russia russian OS books you gulag accommodation

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Re: composed of Transputer chips.

Transputin's a nice name, too.

New York to get first right-to-repair law for electronics

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The law bill, previously green-lit by the state senate in a 49-14 vote, now awaits the expected signature of New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D).

The weakest link and can be attacked with a good dose of lobbying, bribes and the such.

Brute force and whiskey: The solution to all life's problems

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Holmes

Rockets...

I will rather leave the planning, design and launching of rockets over to experts.

Or rednecks who tend to try and use their butt as a launching platform for small fireworks which is launched like a rocket.

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity

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Was it South Africa where a 3.5" floppy disk was known as a stiffie?

Yes.

And only now do I realize the sexual innuendo when asking the office ladies for a stiffy in Afrikaans...

Time to go into the long night? Bah, not yet.

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Re: Everybody knows...

Just call them Test Manglers.

There *is* a difference.

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Devil

Was that same user also involved in the recent BA IT systems meltdown at Heathrow?

Keeping your head as an entire database goes pear-shaped

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Trollface

I'm glad El Reg is sanitizing their inputs, otherwise the :(){:|:&};: fork bomb would have hosed the entire site...

They do sanitize user inputs, do they?

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?

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Re: US Legal?

time to toddle off to ye olde pubbe and have a good onne?

most definitely! With some pub grub.

'ere, who gots the Boss's credit card?

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

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Unhappy

Re: nice story

...coal slag isn't so toxic but builds up on the side of hills.

Tell that to Uncle Gweezy (Gwede Mantashe).

Nothing will be done regarding coal slag until it affects uncle Gweezy in some way or the other. At the moment it is not his problem, so why should he worry?

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Re: nice story

They all tend to ignore the nuclear waste problem - since it usually goes into somebody else's backyard - usually arranged by bribing somebody high up in the food chain.

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This is the way... the Scotty way...

However, "I shamelessly lied through my teeth, told the assembled team it would take me at least two weeks to reassemble the equipment, recommission all of our test and control equipment, and that I was declaring force majeure as per the contract, but I would not report the damage back to my head office."

This is what Scotty would have done.

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it

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Was an exchange admin once.

Which took me through a jaunt to find a solution to spam.

Greylisting works, but only if the ne'er-do-wells used a nonstandard SMTP server. Most of the time they just hijack somebody else's server to peddle their tat.

RBL etc as offered by Spamhaus is only effective up to a point, until they get a bulletproof host in order to peddle their tat.

I also had a look at Bayesian filtering, and it do work, but it get stuffed up should the ne'er-do-wells include reams of text from Project Gutenberg in their peddling emails.

Farmed Exchange out to somebody else and made it their problem.

Never again will I look at being an Exchange admin - it is a good system, but it is getting increasingly stressful, and I don't have time for that sort of stress in my life.

Currently our email is on Office365, and things do look good. There's the odd spammy mail coming through, but so far, soooooo much betterer.

Confirmed: Broadcom, VMware agree to $61b merger

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until oracle pulls a trick on virtualbox users...

(I, for one, hope that it may never happen, as Virtualbox is an excellent tool).

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Symantec cluster flock and never again

Welcome to the club.

Wonder how many of us went through that nightmare.

May it helps in staving off PTSD ---->

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively

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Is simpler really better?

Maybe we need to settle this for once and for all.

Will simple software (DOS-based or CLI-based under Linux) be able to outperform their GUI (especially Windows) counterparts? Most especially with data entry, spreadsheet number crunching and so on.

Then, text formatting and drawing pretty pie graphs.

And other, daily tasks.

Then data recovery should the data file go a bit wonky (been there, done that with MS Word 2013).

About time that we make it an official test so that this can be finished and laid to rest for once and for all.

Anybody at The Register willing to arrange something like this?

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So... where can we download 1-2-3 for Linux?

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Re: Word Star

Created some nifty macros for SuperCalc 4 and 5 back then.

With the DOS-based SC4/SC5 you can use muscle memory to get some tasks done quickly and easily without fuss.

I am pretty sure that SC4/SC5/Lotus123 with any user with well-trained muscle memory will be able to outperform any Excel user.

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Re: Never mind 1-2-3

Ahhhh, the noises it made when printering out a porno picture...

that's one sound which I'll never forget.

Memories of happy days.

Microsoft veteran on how he forged a badge to sneak into a Ballmer presentation

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Pint

Memories of simpler times gone past.

time for one of these ------------------------->

...and have a trip down memory lane while recalling all the good times from the past, yea, even OS/2 beating NT on a quadprocessor system...

...ahhhh...

I'm at the point where I want to bail out of IT and leave all the exciting things over to the young 'uns - especially with crypto-malware and the such. I'm too old for that stuff.

No country for old men.

Broadcom to buy VMware 'on Thursday for $60 billion'

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The Broadcom portal for licence renewals is totally from Hell.

It is not easy to obtain a licence for your product.

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Re: Bee-sting ?

I also learnt of them as vampire taps.

Logitech Pop: Stylish, portable, but far from the best typing experience

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My current Logitech K830 is still doing fine, coupled with a bluetooth mouse.

Nice combo.

If I were to get a new keyboard, I'll go for the Keychron instead.

September 16, 1992, was not a good day to be overly enthusiastic about your job

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Re: I've started it but it won't stop.

I'm sorry Dave, I can't autocarrot for you.

Pictured: Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way

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Joke

Looks like a logo for Ubuntu Linux.

Microsoft will try to up the ante with something that looks like the windows logo...

BOFH: You'll have to really trust me on this team-building exercise

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Re: Ahh, Team building/break the ice exercises....

Or induce an emergency 220v power drop to your telecoms router, then claim your electricity provider went TITSUP during that time, and that you were not able to compete in said teambuilding event....

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Trollface

I see what you did with the A hole.

Good one. Do carry on.

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout

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

Road firm of Savage and Lovemore.

Lawyer firm of Bloch, Edelstein and Gross.

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Anybody up for a game of Hunt-the-Terminator?

I always had to play that game especially when needing to trace fault on coax networks at new clients...

...and the dang terminator(s) was always hidden somewhere where you would not expect them to be.

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Hah.

Had installations wire up a hefty YPS to a 10A breaker.

All was ok until I decided to test the UPS. Flipped the CB to off, and let the UPS run for a while.

All good. So I flupped the CB back on, which lasted 1 minute before tripping.

Turns out the 10A CB was borderline, and when the extra load for charging the UPS batteries was added, it could not handle the load.

Site Tech managed to move the UPS feed to a more chunkier CB, and all was well.

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