* Posts by Nunyabiznes

502 posts • joined 6 May 2010


Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

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Re: But

Except for your El Reg membership, you mean.

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

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Re: Just one nose-picking minute

It wasn't that long ago that I helped my grandmother fill out her ballot (well 10 years now that I think about it) and it was interesting to see. It had a place to vote straight ticket for one party, but the other party had each individual name listed in smaller font. According to her, that was how it had always been.

The elections supervisor for her county was Democrat. I'll let you guess which party was favored.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Re: Hilarious


Also Blue Death Screen Merchant for the BDSM win would have tickled my fancy.

Penny smart and dollar stupid: IT jobs slashed in US, UK, Europe to cut costs – just when we need staff the most

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Re: IT is like HR (should be Personnel though) in some respects

He wanted a hatchet person. She was it. You always let the hatchet person off last.

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Re: Staff Cuts

Agree mostly, but some healthcare is already seeing cuts. Our hospital has had no more than 2 cases of COVID at any one time, but the rest of the hospital is shut down except emergency services and birth ward.

They are running out of emergency cash, and most people are working reduced hours or are completely laid off. Based on history, they will use this as a lever to cut wages when/if they do bring staff back.

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Re: IT is like HR (should be Personnel though) in some respects

I was part of a 40% reduction (large percentage but small number) in staff one fine day between Christmas and New Year. The VP of HR was tasked with handling all the notifications.

When she was done the Pres/CEO/Owner said "Er, by the way..."

Papa don't breach: Contracts, personal info on Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, others swiped in celeb law firm 'hack'

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The lawyers I've contracted with over the years are overwhelmingly IT (expertise) spend adverse. They would rather let you reload their pistol they're shooting themselves in the foot with than spend on knowledge - because they are absolutely sure they are the smartest and most knowledgeable person in any room on any subject. They will spend on shiny IT stuff though.

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

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Re: Why stop there?

My favorite is the posts we get that are trying to pawn off some bit of tattered office furniture. Sent to all instead of just admin assistants and of course it is in National Geographic picture quality. Everyone replies to all - No thanks and includes attachments. :rolleyes:

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Re: User education

And because a warm body is better than nobody, he still has a job, right?

We can't afford to let anyone go, even now. We just limit what they have access to, to keep extra work to a minimum.

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Re: User education

To be fair, I've had users "fix" the problem by stealing their vacationing cow-irkers gear and tell me "It's all good!"

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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The Borkage.




Yes, I have a theme. And if I repeated someone's submission, please excuse me. There were 382 comments when I started typing - Nobody got time to read all that.

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

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I like it when these articles come out, usually annually or a little more often. There is always useful info in the comments, if not in the article itself (no offense).

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But, The Reg is the single most important website I go to!

"Pssst. Where's my gold badge?"

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: Saws

Back when I did more on-site repairs my bag contained a mangled video card to show stubborn computers what could happen if they didn't perk up.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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Re: Missing the point

Interesting to get a somewhat insider's view.

Hypothetically, would an organization that was created specifically to take over the .org domain that had a charter specifying its dedication to keeping to the original intent of .org, and that contained board members from various current .org entities be more palatable to the ISOC?

It seems that would be the best way forward to stop the principals of Ethos Capital from coming back in some other sheep's clothing.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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I'm not a Google fanboi by any means, but if there is a webpage with (apparently) relevant information, shouldn't a web search return a link in its results?

Now if Google were archiving the offending webpage after it was legally obliged to be taken down -and- returned the link in a search, that is a problem.

It would help to know if The Age were still publishing the article after it had been legally required to take it down.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: HP Printers are a Virus

If you their business line there is usually a "driver only" download. These are far superior to their full management downloads.

I avoid consumer any brand as a matter of course. That backfired when I purchased Win10Professional and found it had games and other bloat I couldn't uninstall without serious faffing about. I was not pleased.

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If the car spit out the offending oil and then seized due to lack of lubrication - sue the car manufacturer.

If the engine seized due to inflated claims of 3rd party oil manufacturer - sue the oil company.

If you put 50weight oil in an engine that specifically requests 0-20W - well that's an own goal and you should quit your whining.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Re: Dear Reg...

Well that has to suck.

Have a virtual on me. ------------>

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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And how about degausing wands?

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This makes my story of moving the speakers away from the CRT to fix psychedelic displays very mundane.

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

They didn't understand the difference between speed and acceleration.

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

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It isn't that anything was wrong - it just didn't look good from the uninformed viewers standpoint. Which embarrassed someone higher ranking - and that is why there are hot coals in the future for the skipper. And that is a damn shame.

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly

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licensed software

Ah, reminds me of having to work on a vendor's system (because our purchaser insisted that getting the slightly cheaper out of state vendor was the better deal) and realizing that the kiosk for adding money to a user's cafeteria account was using the free home version of MS Security Essentials.

Bonus! It was hanging its dirty laundry out on an unrestricted internet connection. Win7 Home also. AND - we still use said vendor.

Documented my long list of objections, fixed the issue (can't even remember what it was now) and wiped off my fingerprints.

Cortana, why are you still here? Microsoft makes the long-suffering assistant chattier for more countries with new Windows 10 build

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Cortana undead

Cortana is still here for the same reason that there is always dog poop in the park. Some people are wankers - notably the marketers, salesdroids and other ilk of their nature in all the major corporations today that insist on slurping data.

SAP decides one head is better than two in a crisis, parts ways with co-CEO Jennifer Morgan

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Re: It is simpler than that

But if they can pay her less to do the same (poor) job, then it is in the stockholders' best interest to have a woman in charge, especially with the kind of money we are talking about with CEO salaries.

See icon ->

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Re: It is simpler than that

I read somewhere (can't remember now) that any decision is better than indecision. Even a mistake is easier to recover from than doing nothing. In my life this has proven out.

And I have to say that being a jerk is gender neutral.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: Remember serial breakout boxes?

And I thought I was the only one that had to keep a pile like that running.

Beer -->

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

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Re: SSO is flawed


I had a personal email through my internet provider. I used that as a sign on for a couple of forums. When my provider was bought out they changed the email addresses of subscribers and then turned off the old accounts within a short period of time. Well that's all well and fine until I tried to sign on to said forums and could not because my email address was not valid.

Oof. Luckily I was able to contact administrators and get access again. That could have gone sideways quickly and would have been my fault for not keeping a proper list of logins and updating them right away.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: "Now they are your best friends? sigh..."

When the Democrats put up Hilary they were asking to get Trump. The second worst presidential candidate in history won.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Double ejection

Definitely a P&P (poop and pee) moment for the triple.

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Paris Hilton

*Bang Seat

"after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle"

Ooh, la, la - That's Hot!

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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Re: The alligator is not a unit of measurement

Remember, you don't have to be faster than the alligator (bear, lion, tigers oh my), just faster than your buddy. Always keep a knife (or blowgun nowadays) handy to cripple your buddy so you don't have to sprint.

Asleep at the wheel: Why did it take 5 HOURS for Microsoft to acknowledge an Azure DevOps TITSUP*?

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Mistakes happen

It is how you deal with the mistakes that counts. If you review your processes, revamp what's necessary, and make your service better while compensating the affected parties as best you can - I can hold no grudge.

If, however, you continually spout platitudes while being too busy hauling your loot to the bank to acknowledge and rectify issues - nuke from orbit should be an option.

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'

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A heavy duty vinyl cutter and a thin sheet of lexan (or similar) ftw.

Microsoft prevents Domain of Danger from falling into miscreants' paws by forking out cash for corp.com

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Re: "decided that the risk of leaving the thing alone was bearable"

I thought about registering another account just to upvote your post again.

* I might or might not have scar tissue on my buttocks.*

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Hopefully MS remembers to keep paying to register that domain. It is easy for little things like that to disappear into the pit of bureaucracy.

Commit to Android codebase suggests Google may strong-arm phone makers into using 'seamless' partitioned updates

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I think this is well-overdue in the Android spectrum and I applaud Google for at least putting their toe in the water.

It's just that it is Google - who I have an inherent trust issue with.

What's worse? Being sucked further into Google's maw or being left hanging in the wind (updates wise) by your manufacturer of choice?

Maybe my bias is blinding me more than I think...

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: How long does it take to reboot a 787 ?

Hopefully less time than it takes to hit the ground.

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Re: Turning it off and on

Um, that's what they are going to run into. I'd run for the flats!

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Re: Windows Server 2000

I could have sworn it was Server 2000 also. There was a lot of shared code there.

Great quote, btw.

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Windows Server 2000

IIRC, we had to restart those at a minimum of every thirty something days or they would lock up. Fortunately<sarcasm font>, they tended to fall over quite a bit more frequently than that so we seldom ran into that particular bug.

WTH is Boeing doing re-using that particular bit of crusty code?

Japanese airline ANA spins out telepresence-bot startup for virus-avoiding medicos and fearful tourists

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Re: Isn't this already a thing?

I don't know about MF, but Big Bang Theory had a bit with Sheldon.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Unions? who needs them?

The problem is not the idea of unions but the implementation (I'm speaking from experience in the States, YMMV). The bigger unions (UAW, Teamsters, etc) have all been just as bad or worse than the corporation they are working against. They generally started out ok, but as they grew they progressively got worse. The growth to "evil" seems to be about on par with corporations. Many start out small and responsive to their employees (MS, Google) and get taken over by business people.

Now you still have backlash against unions because they've been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Unfortunately, the worst of the union misdeeds occurred in the 70s, but their reputation is still paying for it. Now the power pendulum has swung back towards the corporations and they are taking full advantage of it.

We are starting to see a new attitude coming out of most business schools. Hopefully the pendulum will start swinging back. This pandemic has thrown a whole set of monkey wrenches in the works and I'm curious what the long term effects will be.

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

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Re: Surely this is the time....


Exactly right. There are many jobs that require you to put hands on stuff. It is hard to vaccinate a cow from your couch, arrest a murderer from the confines of your mancave, etc.

I'm the lone crusader (most of the time anyway) for our unit also.

What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out

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Re: It Open Source so no worries

You rang?

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Re: Zloirock

Make sure your second monitor is not displaying your porn preference of the day.

Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion

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Fight Fair?

Culturally the Chinese (current government at least) look at our "fight fair" doctrines and are baffled. If you are going to fight, fight to win. They are waging a campaign to win global dominance from the West, and are getting it done.

IT services sector faces armageddon as COVID-19 lockdown forces project cancellations – analysts

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Re: That's one point of view

We are looking at getting some projects moved up because we speculate that there will be vendors with lots of time on their hands. Hopefully it helps keep some businesses in business. Having a decent emergency cash fund on hand has its advantages.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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Re: That $11,000 valve story


Recently here a decent 8' fiberglass ladder cost anywhere from $120-200 depending on brand and features.

Ladders are ladders, so not much R&D costs, fiberglass resin and mat are cheap, the aluminum and casting process for the steps is relatively inexpensive at production levels. My back of the envelope cost for a ladder including transport is $40 (half of which is personnel and infrastructure costs). The rest is profit and costs for insurance. There is not much profit in ladders or there would be more manufacturers.

Insurance for ladder manufacturers is expensive because people have gotten away with dancing on the top of a ladder with tools of various sorts in their hands, falling and being maimed or killed, and said manufacturer losing a judgement in court. There is $5 worth of caution stickers on a typical ladder and it still isn't enough to inure the manufacturer from frivolous lawsuits that win.

Stupid should hurt, and there shouldn't be a payday. Or like a friend of mine suggests, remove the safety stickers and let nature take its course.



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