* Posts by Pennsyjohn

7 posts • joined 28 Dec 2011

Stop asking for Amazon, Google and Microsoft cloud with 'no justification': US Library of Congress told to drop its 'brand-name'-tastic RFP


Re: Seems like school got dismissed early!

Isn't it amazing how everything is pinned to Trump, even if he had nothing to do with it ?

Maybe the mud will stick to the wall if you throw enough of it. I doubt the Donald had anything to do with the RFP.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display


Interesting note

Apple used to send brown plastic tape to close the box of parts being returned. They work extremely well for covering the camera. Free, and always extra strips in the box. Used them in multiple customers who had a "security" problem in their workplace. As above, I don't know an app to turn on the camera remotely (probably because I haven't looked.

Breaker, breaker. Apple's iOS 12.4 update breaks jailbreak break, un-breaks the break. 10-4


Nothing new here

I worked on mainframes in the bad old days. A programmer wrote code that if the tape reel was full, it rewound the reel and erased all the data on ot. As expected, it caused consternation and was promptly "fixed" i.e. it was bypassed. After about two months, a patched version of the software was installed. You guessed it, it re enabled the old bug. Ah, the days when you got to meet the VP of engineering from Boston, who promptly said we did it somehow.

Customer fessed up after a day, but the chewing lasted a long time.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how


Re: Wombats shit bricks?

Sounds like a good idea. Then get Professor Rincewind to catch some of the little beggars.

I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea


Ships sink when they their floatation ability is compromised. Perhaps they were overloaded and their freeboard got compromised ( gunnels under water). Weight of load sinks ship, perhaps some of it floats off, but the rest (non-floating) takes it down to the bottom.



Re: Classics

And the military equivalent of RTFM, RTFMS. Read the F****** Manual, SIR. Used when officer is not aware of certain acronyms. There are a few of these around.

Reg hack cops a licking from the bosun's cat


Casting the anchor

Let's go back to when men first started sailing.

Back then, anchors were rocks with lines wrapped around them to hold the boat in place. They later evolved to rocks with a hole in it for making sure the rope didn't slip.

These were carried on deck, and when you went to use them you threw them over the side. You would want to throw (or cast) them over the side so as to not have the rock hit the side of the ship and damage it. Hence, casing anchor.

The first fluked anchor stopped the rocks and were hung over the side at the cathead.

Fun looking that up.

Enjoy, my British cousins


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