* Posts by bristolmoose

20 posts • joined 30 Jan 2012

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting


Re: "experiencing intermittent service"

Had access all morning. Currently in Leeds

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein


Re: The 1990s haven't gone away yet...

Or Shift or Tab,

I find several users who when logging on press Caps Lock then the first letter of their first name (Me, silently "use Shift, use Shift"), then Caps Lock then the rest of their name then Caps Lock and the first letter of their second name then Caps lock then the rest of their second name. This is because it doesn't work unless their user name has capitals (Me silently gritting teeth: "Yes it does")

Then...pick up the mouse, eventually get the pointer to the Password field (Me: Use TAB!!!)

Then back to the keyboard: Caps Lock on, first letter of password.......

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’


Timely article. This happened to me today. I have one of those stupid big Alien PCs at work with the stupidly big stupid alien head as the power button, which stupidly stands proud of the surface of the unit. My colleague once shut my PC down by kneeing the button as she rolled her chair over to my desk to ask me something. So I changed the power button to do nothing. Problem solved or so I thought. Today she managed to hard reset the PC by crossing her legs and resting her boot against the stupid button. Thank the $deity$ for autosave in Excel!

In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames


Re: There's an opportunity here

Hasn't Daniel Day-Lewis retired?

Having said that, this surely could tempt him to reconsider. Although he would go all method as usual, become an evil businessman who wants to build a golf course nobody wants and who knows where that could end up?

Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed


Re: Poor insurance risk

Not sure this is true.

Just renewed my wife's insurance and when getting the new insurer to call the old one to confirm no claim discount, they advised me that the old insurer had informed them that my wife had two non fault accidents to her name. I explained that these were accidents I had had and shouldn't be against her name, she wan't even in the car for either one. The new insurer said that they would have to include them for now and would take them off once I had sorted out the old insurer.

The difference in premium? Absolutely nothing.

Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song


Absolutely true. My Grandad worked at RR and witnessed the destruction of the Vulcan and also a fire tender that got too close!

Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon


Re: I will watch it eventually

I wouldn't take too much notice of polls. 100% of the humans polled wanted to kill the space dragon baby and that turned out to be the wrong decision.

Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9


I'm skipping Windows 9....

..waiting for Windows 10 to come out..oh.

NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days


Re: What uses?

Exactly, It's not rocket scie...oh.

Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum


Re: Mosquito

Absolutely. Total sensory deprivation. I have had the good fortune to be by a Vulcan taking off a few times at Fairford and Filton. It isn't just a noise, it's something that seems to permeate every cell in your body. If you had asked me what 2+2 was at the time I would have probably answered "a badger" or something!

Hot digital dog: A man’s best friend is still his... K-9


AIBO is dead??!!

My parents told me he'd gone to live on a server farm.

MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation


Re: Telephone numbers too!

Some UK phone numbers only have 5 digits in them - my wife's shop in Somerset on the 01460 code for instance. Imagine my surprise, when checking estimated broadband speed from a communications company beginning with B, (and ending in T) the website rejected the number as invalid.

Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE


It isn't just humans that have printer probs


'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'


Re: change the world and toss off the devil.

I think that chap speaks for all our souls.

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross


It looks like you're writing a mighty rant...

Do you want to

1) integrate yourself into a Word-centric workflow, even though it's an inappropriate, damaging, and laborious tool for the job?

2) offer some impressive vituperation?

3) ruin your editor's day by sending it in .odt format?

(Mine's the one with the paperclips in the pocket)

Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight


Re: Virgin penetrates void

Agreed, It's not rocket scien...oh.

IT support bod? Whatever you earn, it's not enough


Re: had this one yesterday

Demarcation isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Luckily I now work like you so I can follow a call from start to conclusion.

With demarcation you get the following problems.

User gets some crappy error in Excel when pressing a button. You investigate and discover the button runs some in house macro written by some long dead employee, you spend half an hour picking apart said macro and discover that it needs access to a file, which is on x server or y folder which further investigation reveals user hasn't got permission to access. At this point you have to pass the call on to either the server or security team to add the permission, and after ticking a box, they check with the user, they close the call and another stat is added to their monthly figures, Yay! Go Server Team!


After scrabbling around on the floor, amongst the cobwebs and toenail clippings, you discover that nothing is wrong with the user's PC, network cable or floorport, so you pass it to the Network team who pop the cable back into the switch where it had fallen out because the silly little clip on the plug had been broken. Call closed, Yay! Go Network Team.

Meanwhile you get a b0ll0cking for not closing any calls!

RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part


Re: @Just This Guy

"It's not the bods fault he's incompetent, he's probably been employed purely because he can speak reasonable Enlgish."


Soup up your home network


108 quid and no power switch on the mains socket?!!

Star Trek tractor beam to save Earth from asteroid Armageddon


I, for one, welcome our asteroid dwelling overlords.


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