* Posts by Huw D

451 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Sep 2012


Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero

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Add end users, stir vigorously

Let's say there's a network folder named S:\Department\Project and it contains Excel, Word and Powerpoint files...

User1 realises that if they open that folder in Excel, they only see Excel files. If they open it in Word they only see Word files, etc.

User1 also realises that if they change the filter to "All Files" they can see (obviously) all files and mentions this to User2.

User2 does this and then gets confused. So because they don't want to see Excel files when they're opening files in Word, they DELETE the Excel files.

User3 then logs a ticket asking where the Excel files have gone...

Shadow over Fedora 34 as maintainer of Java packages quits with some choice words for Red Hat and Eclipse

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Re: btrfs?

Grammar. Or a case of Muphry's Law?

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge

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I might be misremembering here, but wasn't there a vigilante white-hat a few years ago who stumbled upon a/some network(s) with vulnerabilities and fixed it/them? They then emailed to say what they'd done?

People (again, if I remember correctly) thought that was a positive thing?

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it

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Tug end hat? Is that a euphemism?

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV

"I don't think Bono worship is actually state policy - it's just a tradition"

I've tried to find a U2 song where Bono doesn't come across as a sanctimonious twat, and I still haven't found what I'm looking for...

Belgian police seize 28 tons of cocaine after 'cracking' Sky ECC's chat app encryption

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Getting prepared for the restart of arena-sized concerts in Europe?

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

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Re: Salmon(d) and Sturgeon

I'd expect some fish to be reasonably sauced. Parsley at a minimum, but I'm a sucker for a decent Hollandaise.

You put Marmite where? Google unveils its latest AI wizardry: A cake made of Maltesers and the pungent black tar

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Re: Marmite Icing

I am a Marmite fan, but that Marmite hummus was diabolical.

Microsoft 365 tries again at filtering swearing, bad behavior: Classifiers for seven languages offered

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Re: Scunthorpe


John Cleese ‘has a bridge to sell you’, suggests $69,346,250.50 price to top Beeple's virtual art record

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Re: The times we live in

a) FFS

b) Won't anyone think of the children?

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

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Re: Keep pushing water uphill with a sieve,...

Don't forget that anyone wearing any form of cut or patched jacket is "A Hells Angel".

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative

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I have a problem with people using "I've been hacked" as an excuse when what they mean is "I gave away the credentials myself".

If you still have your car keys and your car has been stolen, your insurance company will be ok. If you don't have your car because you gave the keys to someone else?

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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ODFO... ;)

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?

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LOL. Actually in a way, yes. 1986. University. Trying to prank someone.

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Trying to shit directly into an envelope is harder than you might think. Trust me on this.

Facebook bans sharing of news in Australia – starting now – rather than submit to pay-for-news-plan

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Re: "can't access state health departments on Facebook"

Because people are lazy.

Someone I know posted "Does anyone know if $Shop is open today and what the opening hours are?". He got a response 2 hours later, which contained links to the shop's Facebook page and their website, from the shop itself. His response? "Ok, Ta."

That's the level of lunacy.

Don't scrape the faces of our citizens for recognition, Canada tells Clearview AI – delete those images

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A friend of mine got 7 days in facebook jail for saying "I don't like faggots", when we were discussing Mr Brains' pork products.

Microsoft runs 179 admin portals, says sysadmin supergroup

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Awesome job, awsome result, one bookmark :D

Judge denies Parler an injunction to force AWS to host the antisocial network for internet outcasts

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You missed "Lovely Boy".

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone

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Re: Revenge needs to be had...

You require an encyclopaedic implementation of his pre-meditated orchestration of demotic


Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?

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Does this mean my landlord can't evict me for running an illegal cannabis grow in the attic? This is what it seems people are saying, that businesses can't have terms and conditions.

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal

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Must be bullshit. Everyone knows the true vaccine is based on the Ibanez Tube Screamer (an infinitely better pedal).


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Re: Doh!

Actually, valves and his Schaffer-Vega wireless system.


Apple appears to be charging Brits £309 to replace AirPods Max batteries, while Americans need only stump up $79

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Surely someone fat-fingered £39 and caught the 0?

Running joke: That fitness gadget? It's, er, run out

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Re: Pine from Ikea?

I loved the Coventry Ikea. Whenever Mrs D and I visited, she'd put up with me for about 10 minutes before saying "Go to the pub. I'll call you when I've finished shopping". The Spoon Gate was incredibly well placed.

Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic

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Re: A friend of mine came up with this suggestion.

@Danny 2. I'm just quoting my friend, who was playing on the common misunderstanding.

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A friend of mine came up with this suggestion.

Starter: Scotch Egg

Main: Oeuf a l'Ecosse

Dessert: Och Aye The Nougat.

Now would madam care to see the Drinks Menu?

Ticketmaster: We're not liable for credit card badness because the hack straddled GDPR day

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Re: Small Claims Court

That's reminded me of when I went into RBS to pay in a cheque in 2009 and got asked if I wanted to have a word with someone about managing my finances.

The response of "You've just lost over £20Bn! Why should I listen to you?" didn't go down too well.

The Nord N10 is OnePlus's cheapest 5G handset and, boy, does it show

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Re: Storage

I'm glad someone else had that thought. I didn't want to be having a "WTF" moment on my own.

Missing Alan Turing memorabilia to be returned to Blighty from the US, 36 years after it went walkabout

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She was going by her former name when she stole the memorabilia.

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No mention of the fact that (as I understand it) Ms Turing's real name is Julie Schwinghamer and she changed her name to Turing in the 80s?

Why, yes, you can register an XSS attack as a UK company name. How do we know that? Someone actually did it

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Oh, the honesty...

When you view a company's details on the Companies House site, there is a small sentence at the top which says "Companies House does not verify the accuracy of the information filed"

They should change that :D

Remember the days when signs were signs and operating systems didn't need constant patching?

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Re: Why Windows?

Exactly! Digital signage doesn't have to be expensive.

Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report

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Re: Personal tech

The news Bezos/Musk tech collaboration will allow your partner to track where you are placing your hands and they can then use mind control to nudge them in a different direction...

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Re: Interesting

The Welsh have no problems with "ch".

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Re: Lightening the mood a little...

"nutjobs whose brains have zero superpowers other than the ability to put 2 and 2 together"

You might be giving them too much credit.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Re: Storks bring babies, not rubber ducks

Deliberate pun. El Reg style, IMO.

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This is how you piss people off with ducks. https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2168387-spiceduck-visits-hq

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Re: "HR" - there's your problem.

I always stood by the view that when companies had a Personnel department, you were treated as a person. When they became Human Resources departments, you were treated as a resource.

You know Facebook has an image problem when major nonprofits start turning down donations over political lies

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Re: I must express my opposition to this

Oh dear, Bob. Poor old Bobbity-bob.

Facebook HAS to censor speech. It has to in certain countries to meet the laws of those counties. Same thing as you can't buy Nazi memorabilia on ebay Germany.

Please stop thinking that the world is America.

The UK's favourite lockdown cheese is Big and Red but doesn't require a stinking great audit after consumption

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Sobeys used to have some decent cheeses last time I was over there.

On the flip side, having managed to source decent cheese curds here in the UK, I shall be treating my Canadian wife to poutine tonight...

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Re: American Cheese

Don't get me started on Velveeta either... that stuff's an abomination.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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How extreme was this licking? There are people that'll pay for that...

Does a .com suffix make a trademark? The US Supreme Court will decide as Booking marks its legal spot

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washingmachine.com lasts longer with calgon.com ?

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: The higher the frequency, the greater the energy

Would the person that upvoted Kirk's post please make themselves known? :D

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Re: Income

Half a denari, for his life story.

Lars Ulrich threatens to make another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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It's rocking horse shit rare that bands make megabucks on albums these days.

Tour ticket sales and merch is where it's at.

Anyway, I found out that I'm 20 minutes away from where Aleister Crowley was born, so I'm going to blast me some Ozzy while I go for a long walk.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: What's next?