* Posts by Brad16800

70 posts • joined 7 Nov 2012


Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server


Re: '"how far can I push this before it gets silly". A true engineer'

Upvote on that Mike, I do find I only read the reg for the comments :)

Remember SoftRAM 95? Compression app claimed to double memory in Windows but actually did nothing at all


Re: "Windows' registry doesn't need cleaning"

I'm the same on this. Does the registry need to be cleaned no. Do I bother, no. Is there a bunch of old crap in there from old applications, user profiles, etc.. yes.

It's just not worth the hassle.

Google loses appeal against $2.7bn EU antitrust fine for distorting competition in price comparison websites


Yea had the same. Seems a bit silly to advertise something to you when you already searched and bought it.

The return of the turbo button: New Intel hotness causes an old friend to reappear


I miss alley cat. Oh and that one where you had to catch the babies falling out of a building and bounce then to safety, can't recall the name.

Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere


Re: Reason to

I do agree and this might not be as relevant as we're talking about a TV purchase so money was paid. I think we have given up a lot of our freedoms for 'free' services. We don't pay to do searches or use Facebook, exc....

Personally I don't use pretty much all of them but I get that without ads or a subscription model they would go out of business.

In this situation though it's just plain greedy.

Awkward. At Chrome summit, developer asks: Why should anyone trust Google?


Re: Technologies

Had the same when searching for a new keyboard. Bought one then nothing but ads for keyboards for the next month. Why would I go buy another...

I'd hardly say their 'targeted' ad have much value.

Honeymoons last a couple of weeks – the same goes for any love for the IT department


We all know IT is a thankless job. We do it well and they don't know we exist. Could go back to that but I have found the covid situation has both increased my time spent working as well as appreciation which I don't think will wane straight away.

BOFH: You. Wouldn't. Put. A. Test. Machine. Into. Production. Without. Telling. Us.


Test server work you just push it to a production server right?

simples :)

How not to train your Dragon: What happens when you teach an AI game sex-abuse stories then blame players


Re: I

I'm not for or against but I did read an article years ago about something similar. The idea was to keep a CP database and if you wanted access you'd need to give a DNA sample, fingerprints and all that so you'd be caught if you did anything naughty.

Needless to say it never happened but I did find it an interesting idea.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'


I'm sure it's somewhere in the T&C's but yea I don't recall telling M$ they could spam ads from the taskbar when I open it. Speaking from a home PC that is, locked it all down at work. Still it's a pain and I wonder if it's anti competitive baking it in to the OS.

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to


Re: The Sin of Gluttony

Nice Wyrdness, you win the best comment in thread award.

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


Re: Appetite

The earth isn't flat?


I know right?

I love sarcasm :)

Blizzard president, HR chief exit games giant in wake of sexual harassment uproar


Good job to the ones that walked out. If you ignore this sort of behavior it just encourages it.

Australian court rules an AI can be considered an inventor on patent filings


True AI doesn't even exist yet so why would you bother. Only stuff I've seen i'd say is just machine learning. When I see actual AI that can negotiate a license for it's patent, then i'll consider this to be even the slightest of remotely possible ideas. What would they do with the royalties? Buy more RAM?

Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut – priced between $20 and $158 a month


Re: Not great pricing, but they'll get the Office people.

I did wonder the same thing. Seems like a product nobody needs as the majority of businesses are running Windows workstations with far better specs. Why run a virtual desktop from a desktop?

Hard drives at Autonomy offices were destroyed the same month CEO Lynch quit, extradition trial was told


Re: Data cleansing

I thought the same on that. I mean nobody should be saving things locally anyway. We have to destroy them properly and get a cert that says we did.

Not saying they didn't cook the books but the workstation side of things looks ok.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?


The weirdest one that i recall was "it's all electricity" I'm not terrible with a soldering iron but yea, toaster repair isn't one of my skills.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. An exoplanet building its own moons


If you want something done right you got to do it yourself.....

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station


Re: Maybe it's time

I'm all for the ISS but this just got me thinking of the phrase "i've had this hammer 40 years, only had to replace the head once and the handle twice".

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service


Re: Forgive me for saying this...NOPE we dont forgive

What gets me with Teams is once you put a message you're locked in to constant update reminders for that thread.

Really need to have an option to drop off it as it just makes me think if I want to add to a conversation as I know i'll be getting updates on it for the rest of the day. Just discourages communication instead of encouraging it.

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell


Actually met a competent recruiter (unicorn?) he used to work in IT. No idea why he'd choose that career path but he lined me up with a nice job.

2 interviews, IT manager and CIO.

I've found it's not about the tech skills but about a good fit in personality. Both those 2 we just had a chat and while we did go over work history and skills it wasn't the majority of the conversation.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer



If a news article ever needed a beer icon it's this one. Good job all involved.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again


Re: Fighting thermostats

We had a case where they'd subdivided a room with a partition to make the IT room and manager room. IT side had no thermostat or temp monitor. End result was our room was freezing cold, manager perfectly fine.

In this case we didn't even get a dummy one on the wall, Solution, taped some A4 paper over one of the the vents in the ceiling.

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now


Not quite as bad as a rat but I accidently left half a pizza (in it's box) in the gap between the top of my drawers and the bottom of my desk a day before I left that job (exactly pizza box height/width space).

Odd my replacement never noticed.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?


Worked for a law firm early 2000's and when one of the partners called with an issue (any issue). You were expected to be at their office by the time they put the phone down. At least we had stairs between the floors as the lift could take a while.

Oh and one time in healthcare a Dr threatened to stab one of my collogues for not dropping everything to help him with a minor issue (he was actually holding a scalpel at the time). Was swept under the rug as this Dr brought in big $$$.

3rd one I can think of when IT actually won was back in 1990's was an office manager that brought in his work laptop about once a week riddled with malware/porn pop-ups. He always insisted it was is son using it at home but yea we knew better. We'd fix it up for him but Friday afternoons IT would all play multiplayer games (I was about 18), this was before there were IT managers so office manager was our "boss". If he turned up we'd just keep playing and ask him to wait, he did.

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world


Re: SMD 80 meg

Just got back to AU from the UK and took my PC (disassembled) in my carry on. Got flagged and they wanted to put everything through in it's own tub (HDD, motherboard, etc...).

I think they just wanted to see how it looked on the x-ray machine, not your usual suitcase.


Had the halon alert go off once when in a DC. As I left the room I noticed 2 guys sitting on the floor in that area with laptops and uniforms for that DC still there unconcerned about their impending death.

Gave it a few minutes then went back in to query with them (they were alive). It was a test. Well at least I know I can get out of that room in time now so successful test I suppose?

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged


Re: "Harassers and bullies succeed in tech..."

I've had the same experience. I used to change jobs every year as I wasn't happy with the environment and work culture.

I've been at my current job 6 years because my managers are reasonable, considerate and caring. Makes sense to keep a positive and safe work environment as you don't need to constantly find new staff (and train them) to replace the ones that leave.

I also think you get more out of the staff when they feel safe and more than just a number

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user


got to feel for non IT people

Back early 2000's I was at a law firm (doing IT). Had a paralegal who was still at uni and her PC died. She said she had important emails for her studies and if I could recover them as she backed them up daily. Was her personal PC.

Floppy disk arrived in internal mail and my first thoughts are how many emails could you be backing up on that. Turns out she'd been backing up the Outlook shortcut diligently every day to the floppy drive.

Had a happy ending, after i explained i'd need the hard drive, was all recovered. Case of beer arrived a week later :)

UK's National Rail backs down from greyscale website tribute to Prince Phil after visually impaired users complain


Re: Shame...

I wondered the same thing. Would it be a little weird to be writing a letter to yourself at 100?


Still, 99 isn't bad. Doubt i'll be around that long.

Oracle vs Google: No, the Supreme Court did not say APIs aren't copyright – and that's a good thing


Re: Patent fees

I propose a fix, make the USPTO pay legal fees on cases where they screwed up. Might make them think twice.

Someone defeated the anti-crypto-coin-mining protection for Nvidia's 'gamers only' RTX 3060 ... It was Nvidia


Ahh crap, one of the fans on my GTX 1060 stopped working last week. was hoping to nab one of those 3060's.

Still it's about 5 years old and pretty much plays everything maxed out so can't complain. Running strong on the remaining fan but if that goes I'm screwed :(

UK monopoly watchdog launches probe after iOS app makers slam Apple software store's draconian T&Cs


Re: In two minds ...

To me it comes back to something like Windows and IE browser as default. I know iPhones aren't exactly 95% of all phones people have but the point was choice. If there was an option to use a different app store (even if it wasn't secure and rarely used anyway) the problem wouldn't exist.

And 30% is a bit much, actually I was wondering on that for food ordering apps. Does Apple take 30% of the 3rd party app then the 3rd party charges the restaurant that + their cut? Had me thinking on if it's even worth using as a restaurant on their margins. Anyone have insight on it?

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon


All for this. Next thing we to modify is clouds!

Now this is Epic: Fortnite maker takes Apple fight to the European Commission and... er... Bismarck, North Dakota


Re: Crusade

Same, i'm all for options but at the end of the day this boils down to Epic's profit margin. Still might help out the little fish if they do win so I suppose yay there.

Australian government fights Facebook news ban by threatening 0.01% of Zuck's ad revenue


Funny all the Australian news sites saying how bad Facebook is for not sharing their cash when it looks like they're just doing what they were told. Guess they didn't want to pay for providing a free link to the news site.

I do wonder what would stop news sites just posting links to their own site over and over as well, essentially generating their own income under this law. Madness it actually got to this point.

Oh I don't use Facebook but seriously didn't think people used it for information (thought it was mainly for cat memes), guess that explains all the crazies.

Bill Gates on climate change: Planting trees is not the answer, emissions need to be zeroed out to avoid disaster


Yep, solution is to improve wages and conditions in poorer countries. Then they can't afford to have more kids, you know cause of the costs of being better off.

Really though, it's been shown over and over that as a populations lifestyle and wealth increases (and less child deaths as a result) the number of kids goes down.

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


Re: Interesting take on this

I'm in the same boat on this. Never quite understood why news sites didn't want what is essentially free links to their site. Also being Facebook it's kind of word of mouth so i'd expect people would be more likely to click through to read on the news site (and generate that ad revenue).

Seems backwards to ask to be paid for a free ad to your site.

We imagine this maths professor's lecture was fascinating – sadly he was muted for two hours


Re: Much more embarrasing: hot mic

I did have a close call like this early in lockdown. Wife came in naked (you know, wanting sex) while on Zoom meeting with video. Nothing was seen but was very close, she leaves me alone during work hours now.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


I'm against guns but seriously why would you (prank) rob someone in America of all places if they weren't in on it.

I actually feel sorry for the guy with the gun, he shot and killed someone for no reason than their idiotic behavior.

Did anyone tell Logitech about lockdown? Biz launches pricey video chat kit for office conference rooms and 'huddle spaces'


Re: What's the point ?

My solution to meetings in the new remote world is so say "sorry, my camera is playing up" then use wireless headset to listen while I go about doing actual work.

Epic Games files competition lawsuit against Google in the UK over Fortnite's ejection from Play Store


30% does seem a bit rich but it's not like it's not been the case for how long now? Seems like the little guys have to put up with it and the larger app companies are now at the point to challenge it. Can't imagine any company risking this back when the first iPhone was released.

As always it boils down to corporate greed regardless of which side of the fence you're on.

Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back


Re: Not my best New Years day.....

Clearer explanation thanks.

Domain was registered before my time as well so no idea why it was UK. I'd guess they didn't expect Brexit back when it was originally registered 10 years ago.

As you said registrar only shows billing address, they can submit a request on our behalf to update the domain address (as I found out on Saturday) but we couldn't access this information. Everything we could see said an Ireland address.


Not my best New Years day.....

This caught us out on Friday (and some of my weekend). We are a global country and have .eu domain for all our EU staff (including UK staff) to access our VPN. So you can imagine the headache this caused, especially right now Fortunately most staff were on leave being new years day.

The fix we did was to update the address with our domain provider to a site in Ireland. It was a little odd as the provider already listed our address as Ireland but apparently the EU has a separate address for each domain that you can't see when you login to manage them. The only way is to log a ticket and ask them to update it for you. Of course the only affected .EU domain was the VPN one.

What concerns me is we had no visibility of the address when managing our domains and no way of knowing this had a UK address. In hindsight I would have expected the domain provider we use to run a check on all .EU domains and their address then advise customers as they're the only one that can see this.

and boo to the EU for just suspending them.

Samsung rolls out new Galaxy S21 range, including extra-lux Ultra


Does look like a skip and wait for the next one if you've got an S10 or better. Personally i'm on an S8 and still find it does the job.

Still 16GB ram... if the OS was able to act a bit more like a desktop with a (small) dock you could use it as a laptop replacement. Don't think we're there yet but i'd rather a 174g mobile in my pocket compared to my slightly (much more) heavier laptop. I know you're thinking Windows mobile at this point, never used it personally but that ability to move between a desktop and a mobile did seem like pretty nice and seamless experience.

Gloucestershire IT pro faces court over £30k Amazon voucher theft allegations


Found an issue with gift cards at the company I worked for about 10 years ago that essentially let me make them with any amounts. Did the right thing and reported it as any retail staff could also do the same, wasn't even any record in the logs and very simple a non-IT staff member would have figured it out. Literally showed them a blank card then the process any cash register could use to put any amount on them, took about 20 seconds.

Result, nothing changed. Decided to move on a few months later. Sometimes they don't want to know I guess. Still my morals were untarnished.

Apologies for the wait, we're overwhelmed. Yes, this is the hospital. You need to what?! Do a software licence audit?


I'm in IT at a hospital and I can tell you while we have sorted out our extra licensing as needed back in March last yea the last thing we need right now (working 13 hour days 6 days a week) is to do a software audit. All remote access licenses like Zoom and Citrix require licenses to be there or they won't let you use them. If anything 20-40% of our on site devices are off right now and no need to buy more hardware along with the licenses.

I think if anything our bill would be less now during a covid audit than last time.

UK union pens letter to data watchdog on icky workplace monitoring systems like Microsoft's Productivity Score


It's pointless. People will just do the things that give them the best score, at the expense of the other jobs.

Back on helldesk, years ago we had to do at least 20 tickets a day. I'd pick the oldest one as per the rules where as a colleague picked all the 5 minute jobs and took the afternoon off. Just doesn't work and definitely doesn't show actual productivity. Oh and that guy ended up being the SD manager....



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