* Posts by proinnsias

13 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jul 2012

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes



And that's the reason I usually add "If you come to a <landmark>, you've gone too far" when giving directions like that :)

Bitter, bitter experience

123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want


Re: I had the same experience with 123-reg.

Blacknight (dot com)

All day long ... small outfit - honest, and have an actual phone number you can use if it comes to it

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


Phirst Aid ?

In Ireland - Qualifications from First-Aid to Paramedic are administered by ... wait for it :

the Pre Hostpital Emergency Care Council

Workplaces have one or many First Aid Responders on a "First Aid Response Team"

The handbook given out during the training is a First Aid Responders Manual

In my workplace are over 40, so are considered old FARTS, handed the FARM and certified by PHECC

Seemingly, there are many more fun acronyms that managed to get past the mandarins in the Department of Health ....

Tesla Autopilot crash driver may have been eating a bagel at the time, was lucky not to get schmeared on road


Hit the rear end of the fire-truck ? ... happens more often than you'd imagine

In Ireland and the UK (and presumably other European countries ?) - the guidance given to emergency services / blue-light response teams on major roads (with vehicles travelling at speed) is to park at an angle to traffic - not "in lane"

This was after a considerable number of expensive UK motorway police cars (big Volvos / BMW estates etc) being written off by drivers ploughing into the rear of them while they were stopped, lights flashing etc - but in line with traffic.

It's to do with the "looming" effect - that we perceive something as moving when it's not (or not moving when it is) - if it doesn't seem to change shape as we approach it .. the visual cues that the vehicle was stopped may only have appeared at the last moment.

The back end of a fire-truck with lights flashing is something we see moving more often than not - and they're big enough that while we see them, we think they're moving if they're in line with the lane and our approach - right until about 2 seconds out at 65mph when we exclaim "oh bugger!" - On the flipside - if we see the broadside of a truck / diagonally parked in the lane - we slow the hell down - as it's even bigger, and obviously going nowhere !

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again


Re: Try Irish names


I think you'll find that's Pádraig - "Pawd-rig" :P

Now try Clíodhnadh, or even my own simple Proinnsias :)

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer


Disturbingly, they do ..

A recent objection to self-driving cars etc I heard was from a cycling group who thought that the LIDAR etc could reflect off the wing-mirrors of cars ahead and into the face of the cyclists causing (you've guessed it) Cancer!

Can't win!

BT Tower broadcasts error message to the nation as Windows displays admin's shame


Re: Oh if only...

Ah come on !

ERROR: No Keyboard Detected

Press F1 to Continue ...

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model


Re: I see the $ to £ conversion rate means nothing


On Apple.com the price is $1,199.00

On Apple.com/uk the price is £1,199.00

on XE.com the current conversion rate says it should be £941.21


Isn't the US price pre-sales tax and the UK incVAT ? ... at which point they're broadly the same?

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word


Re: Which is better: EMACS or VI?

Um doesn't vi support regex ?


as required

Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?


Their help site / FAQ site ...

Could have one of the best names on the internet


WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg



Prince Charles hides in attempt to ambush annoying VR gamer types

Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US


Re: What the IP in question?

And yet, Apple's own Newton was doing similar in 1987 - with "soups" which stored the data from the applications - you could search across the entire device ... #justsayin