* Posts by Nunyabiznes

534 posts • joined 6 May 2010


We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there

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irritated customer base

Why would anyone be irritated by not being able to buy this? Seems like you should be happy that valuable retail shelf space isn't being taken up by overpriced tat.

It seems like MS has its thumb out trying to hitch hike while standing on the train tracks, as far as mobile goes.

Super Cali COVID count is somewhat out of focus, server crash and expired cert makes numbers quite atrocious

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From my reading it appears to be less of a race issue and more of an economic issue. Poor communities with overcrowding in housing situations and with little access to preventative care are being hard hit.

However, we are still learning about this disease and time will give us more insight.

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Because there is money/power to be made by keeping a level of tension between different groups.

MLK believed a color-blind society was the only way forward to less racism. I think he was right, but there are many factions whose self-interest insists on keeping racism alive by separating and classifying us.

What are you gonna do? Give me detention? Illinois schools ban pyjamas in online classes

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As long as they are properly covered up and the clothing isn't obscene I don't see an issue.

Personally, I've generally found it easier to learn when I'm comfortable, not sitting in a hard desk designed to make your bum numb while freezing/broiling as season dictates.

Search for 'things of value' in a bank: Iowa cops allege this bloke broke into one and decided on ... hand sanitiser

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Warning labels

I strongly believe it is time to take all the warning labels off and let nature take its course.

British Army does not Excel at spreadsheets: Soldiers' newly announced promotions are revoked after sorting snafu

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Re: Perhaps the person

No, do not send them to Montana. We have plenty already. We used to have Thule AFB in Greenland (sorry about Pres. Trump's faux pas there my Greenland comrades) that we sent the truly inept. Again, sorry Greenland.

We used to entice the exceptionally ignorant ones with the promise of a willing lass behind every tree on Thule. Apparently there is a notable lack of trees on said base.

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: It sometimes works the other way


But everyone is doing it nowadays, so you lose your customer but pick up one of theirs. They're just stirring the pot.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of consumers are becoming used to this treatment and just accept it.

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far

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Re: Colleges vs. Real world.

I was forced to sit through a class on basic computing - including how to build a PC from scratch - even though I was the lead tech at the computer sales/repair business I was working at. They wouldn't let me test out of the class, or even just write them a check for the credits.

I can be quite a jack*ss when irritated, so I made a point of proving the instructor wrong at least once every class. Since attendance was mandatory as part of your grade, I was there every class. She didn't particularly care for me, for some reason. :shrug:

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As Built

I worked on a simulator back in the day that had two rooms for documentation. One for the official books provided by manufacturer and various subcontractors, and one for the as built/as modified/as hacked to make work late at night.

The official books were written after the 1st unit was built, and all subsequent units were supposed to be built based off of those books. As we know, that is not what happens.

As we found discrepancies, we copied the page out of the official book, made appropriate notes, and inserted into our "as built" books. It made for interesting troubleshooting sometimes when you had to trace a circuit through several pages of several books and then add in the unofficial changes also.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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Re: Yank Accents

Or some inner city accents.

Rural Georgia - I can pick up most of it. Inner Atlanta? Not a chance.

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Re: Yet another reason

Might be a good reason to use them - incoherent data to jam up the algorithm.

We're suing Google for harvesting our personal info even though we opted out of Chrome sync – netizens

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Too late

Since 2016, that notice has promised, "You don’t need to provide any personal information to use Chrome."

Unsaid: "Because we already have it."

Reply-All storm flares as email announcing privacy policy puts 500 addresses in the 'To' field, not 'BCC'

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Re: Like tying ones laces together

In a public place.

EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits

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Re: SImpler solution?

I used to work in a factory where having a drink on your worktable was a fire-able offense. And that was just to protect some handwritten production notes.

Firing squad would have been instituted if there had been a chance of human harm.

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Re: How long before...

Presumably the cover is hinged so they can get to the controls - therefore their syrupy coffee concoction will undoubtedly gummy up the hinge and lead to an Unintended Consequence.

Twitter Qracks down on QAnon and its Qooky Qonspiracies

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The whole cabal thing seems right up there with chemtrails to me.

However, I believe no one in the upper echelons of the Republican and Democrat parties or Hollywood wants all the dirt to come out of Epstein's fantasy island. I'm wondering when what's her name (Epstein's ex-mistress) is going to commit suicide by a double-tap to the back of the head.

I think it would shake the whole strata of power brokers (political, corporatel and entertainment) to the ground.

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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I came here to post this. We've especially had this issue with laptops for some reason and going to the chip manufacturers' driver (instead of MS or the PC manufacturer) seems to resolve the issue.

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Happened to us also. Luckily only a subset of our systems.

Oh what a cute little animation... OH MY GOD. (Not acceptable, even in the '80s)

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Re: All of these tales and comments...

Condoms reduce the spread of STDs, but...

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: It's not about you

Linus has commented that it is getting harder to find kernel maintainers. If the current crop is busy doing real work and needs more help, what good does this do Linux?

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Something learned in pre-school

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

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Re: Prediction

Kind of like Y2K was no big deal because a lot of people did a lot of work to make it "no big deal"? At least Y2K was necessary work - this is just make work to get triggered (oh no, is that a bad word now too because it denotes firearms?!?) people to move onto the next made-up issue.

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely

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I was wondering the same thing. It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, this does to corporate culture.

It should help commercial rental rates, if it becomes more widespread at least.

Poetry in lockdown: hiQ to Supremes / Please leave LinkedIn scrape ruling / well enough alone

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To me there is a difference between publicly readable for a specific purpose (ie job seeking) and publicly usable (ie your opinion on an open forum that is not moderated).

I don't expect my data to be re-sold by a 3rd party who I didn't give specific permission to do so. Granted, the fine print of the terms you agree to when supplying data to firms such as LinkedIn pretty much guarantees it will be monetized in ways I never dreamed of.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Re: Don't involve facilities if you only have one DC


Something similar to the OP has happened to us more than once, caused by the same individual, and he's still employed and politically considered advisory to IT. We just recently managed to get moved out from under his direct supervision.

Too many times the utterly work incompetent fool is a savvy corporate political animal.

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Re: "We ran out of available outlets."

It probably was sufficient until the Facilities and/or beancounters got involved and cut every other outlet out of the design.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: This is why we can't have nice things.

You should look up some YT vids of people in Yellowstone Park. People routinely try to interact with bison, wolves! and grizzly bears!! Even the black bears will gnaw on you given the opportunity (ie you force your way into their personal space).

I've watched people approach bull elk in rut, cow moose's calves, and bison personally. Yelling at them doesn't have the effect you think it would.

Ex-director cops community service after 5,000-file deletion spree on company Dropbox

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So, should the male defendants get consideration for lesser sentences or should more of the women get prison? All in the interest of equality.

Don't like Mondays? Neither does Microsoft 364's Outlook Exchange Online service

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And yet...

My boss just finished "winning" the budget to implement O365 across our whole institution. Yay!

Overload: A one-way ticket to a madman's situation

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Re: Low power PCs

And only given standard user permissions!

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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Re: Nuts

Which is the point of the Electoral College. It was designed to keep the urban vote from completely overwhelming the agrarian (now simply rural) vote.

Good thing too, whether or not you agree with any specific outcome.

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Re: Trump's campaign slogan..

Just over 111K have died in the US of Covid-19. Over 50K have died in the UK.

US population: ~331M

UK population: ~68M

So, US = .0003353% death rate

UK = .0007352% death rate

Maybe someday we will get a real count of PRC deaths.

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.



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