* Posts by grumpyoldeyore

91 posts • joined 2 Aug 2010


Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss


Re: Printers are the Devil's work

The perverse burglars who broke into the company where I was working in the early 1990s stole the printers - the PCs were too low spec to bother with.

Microsoft demotes Calibri from default typeface gig, starts fling with five other fonts


Who wrote those descriptions?

Vogon poets?

"expresses simplicity and rationality in a highly readable form"

"gently organic and asymmetric forms"

"distinctive slice applied to the ends"

"traditional workhorse sans serif but with a warmer, more friendly style"

Microsoft realises constant meetings stress people out, adds Office 365 settings to cut them short or start them late


Re: The problem is...

I decided that the stress of working out if I could to afford to retire was less than the constant head-banging against a manager who would put the whole company ( approx 80 people) in "required" and the people that were needed in "optional". And don't get me started on the colleagues who would lob up 15 minutes late, interrupt progress to apologise for being late then demand to know what they'd missed.

Oh, and I needn't have stressed the financials.

Off to walk the dogs.

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse


Re: Blankety Blank

@diodesign - the links to twitter don't open in new tabs. My set-up (Firefox on Win10) all the other links in the article do.

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave


Flash! Flash! I Love You....

.... but we've only got 24 hours to save the internet!

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe


Shades of the Spanair disaster?

When Spanair flight number JK 5022 crashed in 2008 one of the "holes in the cheese" that lined up was that the maintenance database (or the computer systems attached thereto) had been infected with malware, which meant that it wasn't flagged that the plane in question had suffered multiple problems over several days and so should have been taken out of service on the first failed take off.

Subsequently the crew made a configuration error and theconfiguration warning did not sound, so the second take off attempt was made with fatal consequences.



Everything's falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it's probably Earth's fault


How long before.....

.... they find a plastic bag there?


Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn


Another Ups Fire?

Two in 9 days


NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

Paris Hilton

Re: So what happened?

Well, this is what happened when the theory about sending the boss up first was tried with Portsmouth's troublesome Spinnaker Tower lift :


Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis

Paris Hilton

Re: Why hasn't ...

Because they're all self isolating

Paris 'cos she's in lockdown.

Ex-Arm execs' upstart Agile Analog palmed $5m to sink into AI-driven chip design


I expect Analog Devices will have something to say about the name too...

UK taxman falls foul of GDPR, agrees to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs


Re: It's not that bad

Well, the Guardian would be in favour of anything that didn't need you to spell....

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again


Not XKCD, but Larson...


Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

Big Brother

Security Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work...

Well your OS and your GUI may be borked, but from what we've learnt recently, the processor manager may still be running....

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Paris Hilton


... most existing EU countries have ID schemes already, a large number compulsory. (I think it it is only the UK, Ireland and Denmark that don't), and the non compulsory ones make having some form of Identity compulsory.

The UK's been bringing it it by the back door anyway - notice how you have to use your NI number now, for example to validate your driving record when hiring a car.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit


RE Eric Sykes plays a Hitman

Griffen in the liquidator ?


Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

Paris Hilton

A folder called mcs-puppet


There - fixed that for you.

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone


Swan Song....

.. Not SwonSong


Men charged with theft of free newspapers



Usually I would read about these cases in the "Courts" section of the London Evening Standard, but today I can't find a copy anywhere.....

IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

Black Helicopters

Management & HR....

.. always advocate taking a helicopter view ....

WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now


Re: Remember the Millenium Bug?

I do indeed. In 1995 we set our new recruit the boring task of setting the clock calendar chip on our kit to just before midnight 1999, No problems. He then used his initiative and repeated the test for 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2003 at which point we were back in 1897! Was a bug in in a calendar library. Updated the library, issue fixed. Many of these bought for our persient apprentice.

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time


Re: standing room tickets

Well, not officially anyway : http://avherald.com/h?article=4a55f544&opt=0

LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders


Re: "potential known-unknowns."

You are Donald Rumsfeld and I claim my free beer

Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

IT Angle

How about...

.. a giant Didgeridoo? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/04/140416-solar-updraft-towers-convert-hot-air-to-energy/

Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%


Re: Three out of Four Adobe Reader users don't patch?

Sadly I've had to install Reader DC for some technical review work, and I've found myself back in XKCD land https://xkcd.com/1197/

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic


Re: Interesting machine, but hamstrung by TI marketing

@Steve Todd - I never knew it went back to the 9900 - all the early technical press referred to it using the 9995. The 9995 was designed to be cheaper by having a lower pin count - hence the multiplexed bus. I'm pretty sure that the 4 phase clock went as well. We used the 9900 where I worked, and looked at the 9995 as a possible cost saving but decided that the re-design was not worth it, I've also a vague recollection that the hardware integer divide was removed from the instruction set which was the USP for the 9900 in the first place. (memory may be clouded by the passage of 35+ years).


Re: TI was backwards

From memory, that actually depended on which version of which data sheet you read. A new circuit was being built at the first company I worked for, using aTI9900. At board bring up, the data bus was fount to be "the wrong way round". The PCB design team had a V1 data sheet with D0 as the MSB and created the library shape thus. The HW designer had a V2 data sheet with D0 as the LSB. I also recall that the programming manual had A16 as the MSB and a long philosophical discussion about A0 which didn't actually come out of the chip, but was replaced by a "byte selector".

You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'


P for a password ?

Isn't that a bit too verbose for *nix?

Police pull up van man engaged in dual carriageway sex act


Re: Fly-tipping


indeed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-26663278

MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2


Re: Scary - DaLo

Ah! you mean an Emergency Locator Beacon like this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/18/uk_investigators_finger_emergency_beacon_for_787_heathrow_fire/

Also I've read another report (can't find a credible link) which reckoned they only worked in about 40% of cases anyway

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill


Re: Microsoft smart?

"HoloLens still exists, hasn't been killed yet."

I will be when the analysts see through it...

Automatic laundry folder



I don't know why but now I have a vision of opening my sock drawer and finding a neatly creased Alistair Dabbs grinning at me through clenched teeth...

Mine's the one with the "Do Not Iron, Do Not Fold" label...

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8


Re: Easy Answer

That is more polite than BUG_OFF() which could be open to mis-interpretation.....

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US


Re: Is there any other type?

Ah like this one you mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUS9htHp580

IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world


Re: Awesome

I once put "This Page Left Blank by the Photocopier" into a large design document to see if any of the reviewers queried it.....

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back


3D - printing your Orifices is so last week...

The real advance aill be a squad of nano-bots, which will correctly position the headphones, mould them in real time, and operate the balance deck to maintain the optimum sound. The mind reading will be an illusion, as nano-bot scouts will be recording you actions and reporting back, thereby giving the illusion of mind reading.

Mines the very small one with the Pitman shorthand pad in the pocket....


Re: sunnies after dark ? @AC

My commute takes me over the undulating road round Windsor Great Park. Correctly aligned or not a Range Rover/ BMWX5/Whatever (and there are loads round there) on a crest coming the other way is straight into the eyballs. The worst aligned headlights, conversly, appear to be on MINIs (Kraut Krap ones, not Austin/Morris/BMC/BL ) which can blind even when they are coming down the opposing down slope.

Goats boost solar power


The trouble with goats....

... is that having polished off the weeds they'll turn their attention to the fence, the cables and the solar panels...

IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage


which country's P.O.

The Post Office. We don't need to put our country's name on our stamps either.

Mine's the one with the Stanley Gibbons in the pocket.

'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters


I Wonder if...

... they'll now receive "Vote Trump" mailshots ....

Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'


Obligatory Flanders and Swan Reference

"... and I'm reminded of the old lady who once said to me 'If god had intended us to fly he would never have given us the railways' ". So beer by slow train it is for me:


UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'


Flock of Drones

Already happened..


Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear


44,080 pounds of lead

Wasn't the electronics manufacturing world lead free by 2006 ? A year before the iPhone?

Serious question as it is over 20 years since I've been close to HW implementation.

Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank


The one they caught.....

... will the cops be able to give him a good grilling?

Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America


a tractor company producing real sports cars

Ah! You mean when a tractor company won an F1 race?


Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party


"its not a strip club. Her skirts on and her tits are covered"

Derek Jameson v the BBC "That 's not a nude - She's wearing a hat!"


IT Angle

Re: Fail on four counts (at least)

Fail (1)

Fail (2)

Fail (3)

Counting from zero? IT angle - well an off by one error....

Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun


Ad Blocker, What Ad Blocker ?

Back in January, a couple of regional newspaper sites that I visit to keep in touch with areas, friends and relatives, started putting up pop-ups and diabling content, because I was using an ad blocker. This came as something of a surprise, because it I've never installed an ad blcoker. Turned out out that Firefox's default 'do no track' setting was enough to somehow translate to 'Ad Block + installed'. Somewhere in the middle of February, this behaviour was itself disabled, once again allowing me access to the sites. Not being a web guru (low level HW is my bag), I'm none the wiser.

Spare ship found to fix broken submarine cable slowing Oz internet


Under the Sea.....


Under the Sea,

No little signals are coming to me

Under the Sea,

Under the Sea,

Something has surely gone wrong,

And it’s broke, broke, broke;

What is the cause of it does not transpire,

But something has broken the telegraph wire

With a stroke, stroke, stroke,

Or else they've been pulling too strong."

James Clerk Maxwell, The Song of the Atlantic Telegraph Company, 1857.



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