* Posts by eswan

124 posts • joined 29 Oct 2010


Computer glitches harmed 'nearly 150' patients after Oracle Cerner system go-live


Re: It goes to the unknown queue


We've always haven't been told about the unknown queue.

DARPA wants to refuel drones in flight – wirelessly


Already seen this movie


Maybe somebody already has a use for it, one for which it's perfectly designed.


You mean Atherton had something in mind all along?


Look at the facts: very high power, portable, limited firing time, unlimited range. All you'd need is a big spinning mirror and you could vaporize a human target from space.

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?


Re: Error saving filename.txt: Operation successful

Even worse, on a newish version of windows I've recieved the message 'Unable to delete file. Would you like to delete another file?' What, just one at random?


TRS-80 Model 16

The Tandy TRS-80 Model 16 was a Frankenstein's monster of an 8-bit Z80 system mashed together with the bits of a 68000 Unix workstation. Under normal conditions, the Z80 was supposed to handle bootup and pass control to the much more powerfull 68k but occasionaly could attempt to assert control over the running system, whereupon the computer would declare 'Bring her up Scotty, she's sucking mud.'

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'


Re: Transcendental question

Making Pi=1 is no problem. However, 2+2 now equals 12.56637061.....

Happy birthday, Windows Vista: Troubled teen hits 15


Re: Windows stopped being good....

Seriously? The one with a tablet interface grafted onto a server? Yeah, go ahead and swipe in from the side over remote desktop.

Something 4,000 light years away emitted strange radio bursts. This is where we talk to scientists for actual info


Re: And here’s the Intergalactic Traffic report

299,792,458 m/s: Not just a good idea, it's the law.

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver


Could be worse:

"For about 10 hours in 1980, the United States faced a nuclear threat of its own making after an airman performing maintenance on a Titan II missile dropped a 9-pound socket 70 feet, ripping a hole in a fuel tank and leading to an explosion that propelled a 9-megaton warhead out of the ground."


Too busy feasting on meatballs, Windows struggles to update itself in IKEA


Re: "At least a candle doesn't need a software patch every few weeks."

"They are, therefore, scented candles that are used to meditate, to do yoga, or simply to set a house."

Seems they left a couple of words off the end of that sentence.

Microsoft closes installer hole abused by Emotet malware, Google splats Chrome bug exploited in the wild


Re: patch_tesuday?

They'll have an update out next month to fix it.

A smarter alternative to password recognition could be right in front of us: Unique, invisible, maybe even deadly


Re: Been done

Alien: Resurrection is fine as long as you keep in mind it's the answer to "What would happen if Joss Wheden did an Alien movie?"

Microsoft touts Windows 11 SE: A locked-down OS to give Chromebooks a run for their money in schools


Re: not really

You'll get my TRSDOS6 from my dead, cold floppy drive.

Let us give thanks that this November, Microsoft has given us just 55 security fixes, two of which are for actively exploited flaws


And they still haven't fixed network printing


"Next steps: Microsoft is working on a resolution that will allow print clients to establish RPC packet privacy connections to print servers using RPC over SMB. We will provide an update once more information is available."

Microsoft admits to yet more printing problems in Windows as back-at-the-office folks asked for admin credentials


Windows ain't done 'till the printer won't run.

And the latest update ignores the workaround for the previous update.


"When the September cumulative updates caused printing issues, it was possible to fix them by allowing non-Admins to install printer drivers or disabling the 'RpcAuthnLevelPrivacyEnabled' Registry value.

However, this Registry key is no longer working for the problems caused by the October updates, and users are required to fix it using other methods."

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux


Re: Is this for systemd?

My guess is that ADS was originally intended to be a VMS like file versioning tool, but was never implemented. Later, it was repurposed to support appletalk file sharing with Services for Macintosh. Even later, it was relegated to use as metadata storage to tag files as having been downloaded by Internet Explorer.

There's a lot of weird nooks and crannies in Windows that seem like they were intended to be useful, but were never completed. Symbolic links, hard links, mount points. At one point they had most of a Heirarchial Storage System integrated, using tape libraries and ntbackup, but I think it's completely bit-rotted away by now.

Gartner Gartner on the wall, which is the hypest cycle of them all?


Re: Even a stopped clock

"And Linux is still only a server OS. But we didn't need Gartner to know that."

And telephones. And televisions, And embedded systems, switches, routers. And my desktop.

Following Torvalds' nudge, Paragon's NTFS driver for Linux is on track for kernel


Re: What's the use case for NTFS?

NTFS is in no way needed for network shares, and is unecessary for almost all shared resources.

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?


Portal Ubiquity, Process Portals, Portal Fabric, Fried Portals, Boiled Portals, Barbque Portals...

'Organic Light-Emitting Devices' shows up in 2005.

Wonder what the obsession with portals was in '03-'04?

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban


Re: It's the plot of 'The Producers'.

Springtime for Trumpy, and Q-anon.

Winter for Facebook, and Twitter too.


It's the plot of 'The Producers'.

Trump wants to raise funds through donations, then when the lawsuit is thrown out, he keeps the money and yells about how badly he's been treated.

Microsoft: Behold, at some later date, the next generation of Windows


Re: next generation?

I'm visualizing the cafeteria scene from Alien.

"Windows 11. It wasn't released, it escaped."

Oh hello. Haven't heard much from you lately: Linux veteran Slackware rides again with a beta of version 15


Been a happy user since version 3.0 (Now with ELF binaries!)

Hopefully still systemd free.

Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace to file for London IPO in aftermath of Deliveroo flop



Microsoft previews Windows Server 2022: Someone took a spanner to core plumbing features


"SMB over QUIC will allow "mobile users, hybrid users, travelling internet users, instead of using a VPN, [to] tunnel SMB traffic over the QUIC protocol which is a UDP, TLS, highly secure, easily firewall-traversing protocol… "

Oh, that sounds terrifying.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab


"reminiscent of the early days of IT two decades ago,"

I really hope that was intended to be sarcasm.

The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software goes offline for good


Re: Walnut Creek CD-ROM

Still have somewhere my Walnut Creek CD-ROMs of FreeBSD and Slackware (Now with ELF binaries!)

US cyber intelligence officer jailed for kidnapping her kid, trying to hawk top secrets to Russia in Mexico


Re: a wealth of electronic devices:

Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

SHRT hits the fan for first-gen Surface Hub users: Jumped-up whiteboard can now be updated via dedicated tool


Re: Surface Hub Install Tool

Recovery, I believe.


Snerk. Took me a sec.

IT blunder permanently erases 145,000 users' personal chats in KPMG's Microsoft Teams deployment – memo


Things I Learned Today

KPMG has their very own top level domain. http://nic.kpmg

How the hell do you pull that off?

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch


Re: I like this new term "a decentralized finance experiment"


Cisco restores evidence of its funniest FAIL – ethernet cable presses switch's reset button


Re: Either way

But they both run iOS

If you have Microsoft 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop, do you need Citrix? Apparently


Re: First phase of...

They've been embracing and extending it for a very long time now. Citrix first came out for NT 3.51 I believe. Microsoft allowed them to live as long as they licensed their (citrix's) technology to them (microsoft) which Microsoft used for their Remote Desktop Protocol in NT4.

Modular edutech PC crew opens fresh Kano beans with expanded kit and accessories


"We looked at [stats] about what are the most common parts of the computer that wear out. The battery, speaker, and keyboard were the most common."

Speaker? I've worked on thousands of computers over the last 30 years, and I have never experienced a worn out computer speaker. My current desktop is using the same AR 'Powered Partners' that I bought in 1991.

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart


fertilizeronline.com hit

Oh crap!

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


Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

Would not suprise me in the least. Had a Legend 486dx33 come into the shop for diagnostics. The top of the cpu had been sanded. Held at the right angle to the light and you could see the 25Mhz markings.


Re: DIMM Slots

Remember those notebook docks where you slid open a door on the back of the notebook, put it on a couple of locating pins and throw a lever to push it into the 50-billion pin connector? I had to inform a user that it worked better if you opened the sliding door first. Although, to give her credit, she almost made it through the plastic.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G


Re: The B Ark.

And Europe is going to be wiped out due to a lack of telephone sanitizers.

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%


Re: Her times were among the WORST for growth...

This chart says it all-


Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything


qwerty row offset?

Anybody notice the odd offset to the querty row? Looks like it's lined up verticaly with the zxcvb row, 'Y' being directly above 'B'. Seems like the kind of thing that would really trip me up.

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'


Why does that picture of a C64 keyboard have 2 CRSR up/down keys? For some reason, that really bugs me.

BSOD Burgerwatch latest: Do you want fries with that plaintext password?



Nah, it stands for X-Pest-Aging. Its the file share where they archive bugsfixes.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans


> "Microsoft was a tablet pioneer. The company released Windows XP Tablet Edition in 2003 – seven years before the iPad"

I've still got a Toshiba T200 running Windows for Pen Computing 3.1, from about 10 years before that. Battery even still holds a charge. Back in the day, I had it up and running with a Raytheon Aviator wireless card and Mosaic 2.0.0b4.

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans


Re: My Windows desktop is black...

Same here, but has the sun directly behind it.

Amazon straightens up its IoT house, complete with virtual Alexa, ahead of Las Vegas shindig


Re: Smart toilet seats

Fecal Recognition

Gospel according to HPE: And lo, on the 32,768th hour did thy SSD give up the ghost


"We are currently notifying customers of the need to install this update as soon as possible. Helping our customers to remediate this issue is our highest priority."

Well, the ones with up-to-date service contracts at least.

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas


“Now we’re saying they can be small, tunable, and much more efficient. You could fit this in your backpack, or in your vehicle for wireless communication or high-resolution imaging. Because you don’t want a cyclotron in your car.”

I don't?

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt


Re: we have already reduced 2,600 roles

Well, I'd hope so! Why would you want phreakers working at the phone company?

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords


Steve Ballmer

Dry patch? Have you considered peppering your flirts with emojis?


Re: Why can't we use emojis when...

And don't call us Shirley. We're a different demographic, altogether.


Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets may be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets


I'm disappointed...


"SACK Slowness, aka CVE-2019-5599, which affects FreeBSD 12 using the RACK TCP stack"




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