* Posts by Andy 68

70 posts • joined 7 Apr 2010


Config cockup leaves Reg reader reaching for the phone

Andy 68

When forgetting 2 simple characters (-r) means a long walk

Shutdown now <enter>

Oh bugger

BOFH: You. Wouldn't. Put. A. Test. Machine. Into. Production. Without. Telling. Us.

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"IT'S NOT PRODUCTION!" he snaps back with some urgency

This... so much.

From a frazzled Tech Support

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the BBC stage a very British coup to rescue our data from Facebook and friends

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I read that as "pro-cake"

I'd Thumbs-Up that one....

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status

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Your analysis is correct in absolutely every particular - because it accords with my own opinion^H^H^H^H^H^Hfact.

There is no reason for argument in the comments - this matter is not up for debate, and closed.

Electron-to-joule conversion formulae? Cute. Welcome to the school of hard knocks

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Re: "a multitude of fresh qualifications counted for naught"

"how do you pass those loops over the top of a tree or telegraph pole?"

You don't - you cut the bottom off and pass the loops from the bottom

The Register speaks to one of the designers behind the latest Lego Ideas marvel: A clockwork solar system

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Re: BrisBricks

Your brother-in-law, your sister-in-law and you.... three grown men.

Apart from the fact that this sounds like one of those "My brother's father is my aunt's cousin" puzzles, there is a whole host of stories underneath those few words....

Q: Post-lockdown, where would I like to go? A: As far away from my own head as possible

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Re: Babylon Zoo

> Midge & Chris

Yes, yes, yes... alright. But it was on the tape accompanying the tour programme booklet on the Lament tour in 84, so that counts as Ultravox in my book :-)

> The Bloodied Sword.

We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

I had it on tape decades ago, which obviously got lost, then bought the vinyl 2nd hand last January and had it converted to MP3 a couple of months ago.

I absolutely love it.

Not heard of the Max Headroom stuff - thanks - will go searching.

Andy 68

Re: Babylon Zoo

Ditto the Ultravox really-really-short soundtrack to the 80s Levis "rivet" ad....

Very much a shame - I'd love a full length version of that....


International Space Station actually spun one-and-a-half times by errant Russian module's thrusters

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Re: You missed a tagline there


Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Re: On the go ...

From the Ace to the H.

Turn up at the Ace when they open, have a fry-up.

Ride off to the H Cafe, collecting points for the most B roads and the most numbers in the road's name, in time for a bacon roll and a crappy coffee

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Re: Lost me in the first paragraph.

As taught by my gran.

Of course, in those days it was the bacon fat being flipped over the yolk, as she had walked down the butchers' first thing that morning to get it

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Re: Fried eggs

> the aftermath of surgery at the 4077th.

That's what wifi router firewalls are for, They get turned on until the kids have washed up.

Andy 68

Re: Grilled mushrooms? I don't think so


From TFA:

> Try not to move them about too much as you'll release the juices and make them soggy.

Just... waht? The main reason they are there is to release their juices all over your Hovis Granary™ butter-spread toast.

Andy 68

Re: abbreviated, with substitutes

One word for you....


Funny how Sir Tim Berners-Lee, famous for hyperlinks, is into NFTs, glorified hyperlinks

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Re: Actually ....

Book signings for the Covid generation.

No need for all that messy personal contact

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff

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Re: "unusual situation"

Nahhh... a remote joystick is all that's needed.

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

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Re: RIP Stavros.

I always thought it came form a combination of his character on Spitting Image, and Harry Enfield's Kebab-shop-owning Stavros.

How to avoid pesky border controls: Be a robot truck driver… or insanely rich

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Re: Thermodynamic Pedantry Alert

Oh yes.

I used to temp in a biscuit warehouse in Acton (for very _germanic_ biscuits)

At coffee break in the morning often came the cry:

"Which flavour of cake pallet would you like us to drop this morning, boss?"

Suckers for punishment, we added a crawler transporter to our Saturn V

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Re: But...

Ohhhh yes!

The smell of oily steam and burning paraffin tablets as my Mamond-on-Meccano contraption lumbered off down the garden path ... and invariably veered straight into the edge of the lawn and stopped dead.

Good times.

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

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Re: Plaque

It's the sprue that the Magratheans forgot to clean up

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Re: International Recognition

No, I think he was talking about cockney.

(Me ol' china)

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

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Getting changed

Back in the day, I had to go on customer site for something, and the boss decided he'd come along as well to glad-hand and schmooze.

Obviously we had to go in his car, because he wanted to show off the Lotus.

When I arrived at his house on the bike, he came out of his house and closed the door behind him, then was shocked at my filthy leathers. "No problem, I'll change", but he didn't want to let me in his house.

Ok - I'll strip off and change on his driveway. When he saw me take my boots off and unzip my leathers, he nervously looked around his Stepford-Wives-esque part of Basingstoke and decided to usher me into his house.

Which is how I ended up standing in my boss's hallway in my boxers when his wife came down the stairs wondering why he'd come back inside...

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

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Re: 65 bus route


Ealing Broadway to Chessington Zoo for a day trip. Took about an hour and a half, IIRC. Sat at the front, up top, with my Grandma.

Happy times.

We cross now live to Oracle. Mr Ellison, any thoughts? 'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error'

Andy 68

most of my job^H^H^H career has been googling things for other people, and I'm sure that could be automated away. Funny that it hasn't been yet

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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Re: I think most people here are missing the point

> Do you think investors didn't know

If they didn't know then they were wilfully blind. *I* knew, just from reading El Reg. I have no sympathy for them at all.

> The investors say Nvidia was supposed

No. That's not what they're saying. They are saying that when the CEO was specifically asked if the bitcoiners were responsible for the huge spike in sales, he said "no".

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I think most people here are missing the point

As much as I have no sympathy for the share traders who lost money, people here seem to be missing the fact that the suit is complaining that Nvidia execs *lied to the market* about their business.


- We have 2 types of customers - Group A and Group B

- Everyone knows that the GroupB market is ephemeral and will probably implode soon

- Don't worry - 95% of our sales are to Group A so we're going to carry on making loads of money

If you read the linked pdf in the article, the quotes in the suit are quite iffy, and do sound as though the CEO is deliberately misleading, if not downright lying to, the market.

I don't think the SEC takes kindly to that sort of thing, do they? C.f. Musk et.al.

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers

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Re: "XML"

> The one situation where processing JSON is inconvenient is a shell script, but why on Earth would you want to do that?



House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

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Re: "a glimpse of Michael Gove in a leopard onesie"

Have an upvote - I think there are good members of the upper house, but I suspect what you say holds true for a significant number of them

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

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Shall we talk about Zoom?

In the Current Climate™, Mrs 68 is teaching her fitness classes over the intarwebz, and everyone is getting to learn how zoom works.

Apart from the cantankerous biddies who insist on

- "I can't see you" (when everyone else can)

- "I can't hear you" (when everyone else can)

- Refusing to heed instructions as to how to remediate the first two

- Refusing to be muted "in case"

etc. etc.

Technology eh.... who'd have it?

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house

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Re: And use food delivery services where you can.

This. Absolutely.

It's no good Boris telling us to use supermarket delivery services.

I couldn't create an account, and once we'd filled up SWMBO's shopping basket, we couldn't get a delivery date. Nor any information on when we would be able to get a date.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Re: Yesterday

"Use your wheels - it is what they are for"

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband

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Re: Optional?

How many were eaten?

Only the worthless ones taking up space.

Oh! You were talking about the crayons!

You want a Y2K crash? FINE! Here's a poorly computer

Andy 68

Re: Same as Audits

Incorrect challenge. the repetition was actually "script" - you lose a point

Infosec prophet Bruce Schneier (peace be upon him) is only as famous as half of Salt-N-Pepa

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[None of us made it – Ed]

Maybe we should try and change that by googling for

Dabbs, Alistair - 101 uses for a pineapple


every time we sit at someone else's computer.

eBay eBabe enigma explained: Microsoft bug blamed after topless model slings e-souk's emails at stunned Brits

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"Tit for tat"

Brilliant.... just brilliant.

Could an AI android live forever? What, like your other IT devices?

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Re: Android vs Robot?

"These are not the droid and robot you're looking for"

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it

[Edit: dang - pipped!]

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

Andy 68

Re: does this affect more aircraft than the ill fated 737 max?

Nahh - engine's off. No power/vacuum

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Re: so


Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Static

You're right, maybe it would have been better if they were stationery carts.

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

Andy 68

> Forward / Back navigation buttons

If they're the ones I'm thinking of (just at the right place for your thumb to hit) they have caused me, many a time, to toggle Silent Running on - usually when in the middle of a pitched battle that I'm losing, with no shields and 40% hull.

I really should change those key bindings one day..

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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people are savvy enough now to realise....

I think the Maplin bosses needed to have a talk with the Screwfix management.

They manage just fine. Presumably at least partly because their rates must be significantly lower, being mostly on light industrial estates rather than in retail parks.

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Re: I'm disappointed

> The idea of a biometric door lock is very sound

No, no it's not.

In your examples, you are storing the dog-walker et.al's biometric information.

Why should they give you access to their phone, their own house (if they too have one of these locks)?

How are you storing that information? What if you get hacked?

It's not a good idea. I suspect it will be repeated on here many many times : Biometric data is not authentication, it's identification.

Andy 68

Re: Bah!

> An Otto-cycle 2hp engine


hp = Hurley Pugh


Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

Andy 68

Re: Thankfully some more sensible countries (4 Alan Brown)

<altogether now...>

If there's one thing that I like,

It's a burn-up on my bike...

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

Andy 68

So all we have to do is to work out *exactly* how improbable it is....

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Andy 68

Pah - all I ask for is a complete sentence....

Lenovo UK boss pulls the chain, flushes himself out of there

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Not as bad as ROW

2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

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Re: dozidoze?


Mystery black hole hides by curbing its appetite

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The only way to really check....

Get the Asp Explorer out of storage and go and look for yourself

Farmer mooved after reunion with two-year fugitive cow

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Re: Spotted

Bit of a low blow that one.

But it's the same with felines...

My cattle be gone for days at a time.



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