* Posts by Antonius_Prime

213 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Feb 2011


Voyager mission's project scientist retires after 50 years of service


Re: 160bps is the downlink...

Still faster than some of the copper speeds foisted off on rural Ireland from the national provider...

OK, Google: Why are you still pointing women at fake abortion clinics?


We forget...

Google no longer use "Don't Be Evil" as their motto.

I suppose its now "Don't do something that won't make us shed loads of cash a second."

Harder to fit on a t-shirt, the second one...


Aw, poop.

Guess I'll have to shutter my new recipie site http:\\honestguvitaintpoisonousitlljustgiveyoudiarrhea.blogspot.com then...


Sing it with him!

O say, does that star-spangled

banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free - if you're a rich white dude

and the home of the brave? - if you're a rich white dude..

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Great opinion piece...

And there's even relevant music!


Microsoft finds critical hole in operating system that for once isn't Windows


So the strapline seems to be missing a word...

"Oh wow, get a load of Google using strcpy() all wrong – strcpy! Haha, you'll never ever catch us doing that..."

... anymore...

NASA wants a hundredfold upgrade for space computers


Re: "Does it hope to run Doom on the Moon or something?"

Framerate now measured in Frames Per Month...

(still faster than some AAA games on the latest & greatest hardware though...)

MIT, Autodesk develop AI that can figure out confusing Lego instructions


Great if can help build IKEA, but...

Can it provide the formless void without gravity but has air that seems to be the standard location to assemble them?

Mine's the one with the ratchet screwdriver set missing the hex bit piece, cheers!

Rejoice! System Administrator Appreciation Day (SAAD) is nigh


May as well roll this out again!

In honour of sysadmin day.

(Guess the "inspiration", win an internet cookie...)

"Hi, you're gonna call off your righteous indignation.

You're gonna publicly state that there is no such thing as unnecessary downtime, or, these guys are gonna take your email access.

Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on:

We run your systems, We empty your file trash, We connect your websites.

We keep the system up so people like you can come on Facebook and bitch about downtime.

We guard your collection of 'pictures' while you sleep.

Do not mess with us.

We're the admins."

How one techie ended up paying the tab on an Apple Macintosh Plus


Re: "I thought MacWrite needed no explanation"

This looks like a sanitised version of a passage from the BOFH's End User Manual.

The big heavy one, with the marks that liquids strangely don't stick too...

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment


RE: "It's the way things work nowadays."

It's only "the way things work nowadays" because we let it.

Signing in to a store front (which is what the Apple App and Google Play stores are...) is one thing. They are mobile platforms, the apps shouldn't* need to harvest your call and SMS data for anything, nor have access to photo metadata.

Hell, there's even an MS store for apps!

The difference here is not being "forced" to signing into a storefront for whatever platform.

It's being forced to set up a non-local account on a machine YOU paid for or built. MS are taking it one further step down the route of not being able to admin your own stuff and making it that the things YOU put onto YOUR computer are no longer YOURS but actually now property of Redmond.

We sort of accept it with smart phones as they're something even the more techy of us can't build in our own homes of an evening. At least not without a metric shedload of specialised gear, anyway.

Data on home PC's has been the home owners since the day PC's started appearring in people's houses.

Why should it suddenly not be, because one Seatle juggernaut decided to follow what some fecking greedy, amoral skinsuit in SanFran is doing by stealing all the data?

See, if I've been given a corporate machine or a loaner - the assumption is the stuff I put on that? Unless I can legally get it off it ain't mine.

The machine I have at home? That particularly large chunk of silicon is mine and mine alone.

... then again, I suppose you'd be the type of person who'd try to get Housing Associations to ban blinds and curtains...

GParted 1.4: New version of live partition-manipulation tool


Re: Also the best for damaging them, as far as that goes

I mean, you can apparently use a hammer for putting nails into wood as well as Recalibrating User Expectations, so perhaps some tools are multiuse? :D

Fujitsu: Dumping older workers will wipe out quarter of forecast profit


RE: What does that mean in English?

Someone was getting paid by the sylable and negotiated a contract that failed to put a limit on how many they could use. And also contained clauses that stated that it didn't have to be intelligible on any level, English, Japanese, Swahili or even, Engrish...

And that someone? I reckon they got paid VERY well...

It's not WW3. Spotify, Discord, Google Cloud had a wobble


"So far there's been no such actions..."

Well no. The west is expecting it at the moment. Wait a few weeks. Then slap the net.

Why attack when you're expected to?

Apple has missed the video revolution


Re: Apple dumbed down and threw pros under a bus

TestFlight requires you have an AppleID, be enrolled on the Developer Program and that your intended audience also have AppleID's and update frequently.

The blocker here is the Developer Program. It can and often does take weeks to get enrolled and set up, and your app quite often requires review. That's fine when you can control the timeline: "We're beta-testing this, you'll nedd X, Y and Z, and it starts on DATE and ends on OTHER DATE"

COVID sort of threw all that under a bus, hopped on said bus and reversed and drove on again...

BOFH: The Geek's Countergambit – outwitted at an electronics store


Re: Superb episode once more

They don't have to go through them.

Customers get pissed off and take custom elsewhere.

The users are trapped in the building with Simon...

Comcast fixes broadband cables 'peppered' with holes after Oakland drive-by shooting


Re: overhead wires - why?

Well, you have to remember, that at this stage, the Left Pondian's could very well be considered a third world nation in many important aspects.

I just don't want to see Bono putting on a concert in their aid though...

Or in general...

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines


Re: But why would you want to keep running those old versions???

On my personal, home machine:

Updates killed the BCD twice. After the 1st instance, a BCD file was kept on hand on external storage for repair.

Professionally: Helpdesk for north of 500 Win 10 Machines. On average, getting them off v1803 or earlier and onto v20H1 has been painful, even if you add COVID measures on top of things. We've seen specific issues fixed by doing an update. The specific issue? On-board audio on HP EliteBooks dropping dead. Some of these machines shipped with v1803.

20H2 caused issues by locking machines onto the work VPN's DNS - when they were off the VPN. That locked them out of joining such untrusted networks like their home wifi or the corporate wifi...

Also had issues where an update was run and suddenly required pieces of software need URGENT updates because the DLL or API they used was broken and the fix turned out to be a few K's worth of PO's to buy the updated software because, hey, new version!

Or more impressively - rebooting the CEO's machine mid worldwide meeting stream to c. 2,000 employees...

On the reboot thing, 99% of the time, I find that caused by the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Elvis may have left the building, but Windows remains very much on show


Re: I Don't Think So

"We're on a mission from Glod!" -- Soul Music


Red Cross forced to shutter family reunion service following cyberattack and data leak

Thumb Down

Re: I hope it wasn't a state actor

More than likely was, probably in an attempt to locate their own targets or to sow discord if and when needed.

As others have stated: sh*t stains, the lot of 'em...

BOFH: What a beautiful classic car. Shame if anything were to happen to it


Yay! New BOFH! I needed that!

Started off a bit samey (2 forms of ID thing) but Simon nearly had us in the first half!

Absolutely excellent episode!

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK


Re: Zig, Rust, Rust, Rust, Go, TypeScript, Haskell, Ć, Python, C#, Elixir, Swift, Java, and Pascal

I wonder will someone port it to Rust, though?

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums


Re: oh...

This is all part of validation of The Rules (They deserve the Capital Letters Of Seriousness)

Rule 1:

People Are Idiots.

Rule 2:

Even the smartest of people, can, from time to time, Be Idiots.

Rule 3:

Don't forget Rule 1.


Re: "first read the fine forum thread until the end"

As Sir PTerry himself once wrote:

"One of the universal rules of happiness is: always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual."

(I think from Jingo, but I'm open to correction...)

The Filth Filter is part of the chipset, honest. Goes between the TPM and SEP. No, really


I now need to revise my 2022 goals for work...

Because I know I get these resets all the time.

And I **WILL** be attempting to use that excuse.

This is less of an On-Call and more of a BOFH lesson, in fairness.

CompSci boffins claim they can recreate missing lines in log files


Re: did the events actually take place or not

Up until the logs get observed. Until then, they're in a state of superposition and we can't know the contents...



It's OK.

Repeat in front of a mirror until you can say it with the most shaken, heartbroken expression you can manage (and not giggle):

"There's been a terrible accident..."

Apropos of nothing, anyone seen my bag of quicklime and my roll of carpet? I put them down when I went to get my print out of poorly surveiled woodland sites and building sites with deep concrete pours occurring soon...

Tech Bro CEO lays off 900 people in Zoom call and makes himself the victim


Re: "Draw your own conclusions about such lists, dear readers"

Oh no, not dissapointed at all, cheiftain!

Like you, I **fully** expect them to be pay to play!

But as long as the paper is soft and the edges aren't sharp, I can show my... appreciation, lets say, of such lists properly!


"Draw your own conclusions about such lists, dear readers"

I take the BOfH's approach and chase the money to see who paid to do the survey...

Swooping in to claim the glory while the On Call engineer stands baffled


Re: It's all about the bass

In fairness anyone who doesn't listen to what the barperson or shop person (of the old, corner shop style - not your mega-hyper-super marts) is saying is at least one of three things:

1. Deaf

2. Some kind of Manglement

3. An idiot (regardless of pieces of paper held)

And someone in a bar / pub / establishment wot dun sells alcohol who triggers some of those rules tend to end up under the... loving... attentions of the Security staff. Kind, lovely people who have such wonderful senses of humour...


Re: Hands On

Percussive Maintenance only after Electro Education fails.

I find that there are positives and negatives to that approach though, it's grounded in good, earthy science too.

And I'm so nice I'll even let people choose which nipple is negative and which is positive...


Re: Hands On

That smells faintly of how we end up with the Adeptus Mechanicus...


Re: Hands On

First rule of Troubleshooting:

Don't Force it. Find a Bigger Hammer.

Expired cert breaks Windows 11 snipping tool, emoji panel, S Mode features, other stuff


Re: Certified useless

It could be worse, it could be WinME...

(Even typing that was painful. Imma need me one o'dem tings in the icon...

Or a few...)

Sharing is caring, except when it's your internet connection


Re: Stay tuned...

Or Monday's "Who, Me?"...

Microsoft says Azure fended off what might just be the world's biggest-ever DDoS attack


RE: "working as planned"

Have you been attempting to connect from Asia though?

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule


Re: Use the force Kirk

Bah Weep Grana Weep Nini Bong!

Firewalls? Pfft – it's no match for my mighty spares-bin PC


Re: In a previous life...

The 11/05 was probably acting as a counterweight for the rest of the kit, in case it tipped over...

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


Re: Ask the dog - it has an 80% success rate

The TShirt is:

"Of course I talk to myself!

Sometimes I need the expert advice!"


Excel still has issues if the default is a network printer and the user is, say, WFH...

Thankfullt it isn't full on falling on face, but it's a fairly long hang on start up, print, exit, etc.

The fix? Swap default printer to PDF...

Apple debuts iPhone 13 with 1TB option, two iPad models, Series 7 Watch

Big Brother

"I don't think that Google Glass type things will ever become socially acceptable."

Well, you're not wrong.

From a privacy standpoint anyway, they're dead in the water, despite what Zuck & Rayban want us to think.

If there was some provable way to show that images of people were being discarded before the AR stuff was being acted on (like directions, news info, etc) and displayed, then they'd have a use.

And if they were being manufactured by anyone not Google, FB, Amazon, MS or Apple, people might even believe them on the privacy thing for a while, too!

Because let me tell you, if these AR goggles (not VR, actual AR) with front facing cams become popular, hoods and some sort of targeted infrasonic to mess with image pick up will suddenly become a very popular field of research...

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads


Re: Remove the core problem - Windows

"Good luck stuffing a hard drive into that."

With a good enough hammer, and a strong enough will, anything is possible!

Elevating bork to a new level (if the touchscreen worked)


Has anybody pointed these lifts out to Simon & Steven?

The capacity & capability for "Hijinks" would be readily observable for those two fine gents...

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait


Re: Fairly worthless comparison

To borrow from Marvel for a moment:

"He's outta line. But he's right."

Google: Linux kernel and its toolchains are underinvested by at least 100 engineers


Has anyone asked Linus what he thinks?

And as a follow up, how far away from the blast was the reporter found?


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


Entirely clear to see what happened here...

The controller in Russia had Kerbal Space Program running in one window and the Nauka stuff in another.

And got confused.

Give it 3 weeks and it'll show up in an On Call or Who, Me?...

(Icon obvious)

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it


Re: ... to be continued ...

"Now thinking about what to do with an industrial pot of Marmite and a hock of ham..."

Have a tasty, sodium filled, yet frequently running to the bog weekend?

Who needs 'Bliss' in Teams when you can have the real thing on a Bristol bus?


Headline writer missed a trick...

"The Bork on the Bus(stop) goes round and round..."

I mean, honestly!

BOFH: Here in my car I feel safest of all. I can listen to you ... It keeps me stable for days


Re: Box Tickers Anonymous United .......

Apple have a clause for the iTunes one. You can't use the code to develop bio weapons.


Go search for it!


YouTube's recommendation engine is pretty naff, Mozilla study finds


Re: You don't say

This comment officer. Right here.

It's clear, well thought out, articulated and 100% on point.

Obviously we can't be having that, here, on the internet...


In all fairness, you are 100% spot on. Youtube really does have the monopoly on non-studio produced streaming video. There are simply no alternatives that have amarket or audience share anywhere near threatening to them.