* Posts by aregross

276 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Dec 2012


Pro-Putin goons claim responsibility for blowing US airport websites offline



That's all you got? Bring It!

How do you protect your online systems? Cultivate an insider threat

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Re: I would want to see it 100% in writing

Oh it's much more than that... When I was the 'One Man Army' of IT at a past position, it's was interesting to hear other employees say things like 'Why are they (Admin) doing this? It would be much better to...' and rattle off their concerns and reasonings about how decisions were made at the Top and why they were wrong. This is an excellent article pointing out that the 'Little People' usually know much more about how a company is run, or run into the ground, than those at the top who are mainly results oriented.

Big Plus One to the author!

Juno what? Jovian moon Europa is looking rugged


Re: Can we get the water back here?

Ummm, I think you missed this part: "The white dots in the image are signatures of penetrating high-energy particles from the severe radiation environment around the moon," NASA added.

Fake vibrating teeth could make great hearing aids


Re: Radio Teeth

I remember an episode of Gilligan's Island like that.

Hi Fi Gilligan


Bad UI killed the radio star



..meet bullet!

NASA scrubs Artemis mission yet again because SLS just can't handle the pressure

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Gimme a spanner...

... and a ladder! I'll get in and fix it!

How Google uses mirrors to dynamically reconfigure its networks


Don't drop it!

I imagine there's an alignment procedure done, either 'dynamically' or manually.

How big (or small) are these mirrors? With only 136 fibres involved each I can't imagine them being very big.

After 40 years in tech, I see every innovation contains its dark opposite


I had to look up...

... FOMO. None here, nada. However, my daughter and her generation (she was born 1990) is always wondering that, sad. I go out and look for it... if I can't find it, it probably wasn't worth finding, it's not gonna change your life, move on.

I did try and instill the concept of Cause and Effect and as much Zen as she would take, that's all you can do!

Where's that light bulb icon!

EDIT: LOL I fergot what I posted for,... that was the most intelligent column I've read in like for-eva!

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives


This should be...

...de rigueur on all phones! Hello! (drat, no Light Bulb icon)

Getting that syncing feeling after an Exchange restore


Seems to me you needed to unmount the DB to get a proper backup. I think I remember doing that like once a month and yea, restoring .PST files. (Bless M$'s little heart)

...and the tapes were probably fine, I mean how could they *all* be corrupt! Prolly a switch missed in the backup or restore settings.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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Re: Another one.

"it'll likely catch fire whilst you're doing so."

+1 for use of the word 'Whilst'

SpaceX staff condemn Musk's behavior in open letter


Re: I'm split

re. very angry man...You left out the word "Snowflake"

Original killer PC spreadsheet Lotus 1-2-3 now runs on Linux natively


Re: Finally a decent word processor for linux! /jk

Ding! I was gonna say the same thing!

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL


Back in the '80s...

...when the IBM AT was brand new, my first IT job was at a chain that sold IBM exclusively (what else was there!) and the push was on to sell as many units as possible. I was assigned the task of un-boxing and setting up new ATs for customers.

While formatting the hard drive you were asked to name the volume. Every machine as part of the boot process was to run chkdsk /f in the autoexec.bat which would display the volume name and then the hard drive stats. I decided to name them all "Buying Pays" so when chkdsk would run it would then display "Volume Buying Pays".

The store manager had a potential customer in to demonstrate the shiny new AT. Of course when it booted up the first line on the screen was "Volume Buying Pays". After the demo I was 'instructed' to never do that again. Don't know why, I thought it was Clever Marketing! He didn't agree....heh

FBI warns of North Korean cyberspies posing as foreign IT workers


Well this explains how NK got Covid!

Google tests battery backups, aims to ditch emergency datacenter diesel


Flounder walks into a Harbor Freight...

.. and says, "Can I have 10 Thousand AA batteries please? My DCs fallen down!"

Software upgrades help Mars helicopter keep flying


Re: Great news

"Maybe the next Mars 'copter should be equipped with a telescopic feather duster attachment below it...?"

Doesn't Marvin the Martian have such a device right on his helmet? I mean... he's right there!


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It's called EVOLUTION

Nuff said!

Salesforce sued in attempt to block release of Capitol riot info

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Re: Be transparent.

LOL at the use of 'replicants'

Second Trojan asteroid confirmed to be leading our planet around the Sun


Re: Santa’s reward

I got that!

"All I got was a lump of Coal"

Perseverance on the rocks: Pebbles clog up the rover's Martian sample collection



Run the drill in reverse to un-clog the clog?

Web3: The next generation of the web is here… apparently


Why has nobody said the word...

Vaporware. It's what it seems like to me, though I do like the Pyramid-Scheme analogy.

Hubble Space Telescope restored to service: No repeat of those missing messages, but here's a software patch anyway


Good Thing...

"The Hubble has four active instruments: the Advanced Camera for .... It also has a Fine Guidance Sensor for...."

Good thing it has a compass in the stock... and Thingy that tells time!

Ho, Ho, HO!

The climate is turning against owning our own compute hardware. Cloud is good for you and your customers


Re: Charton Heston

I was just about to post that same thing!

...and that goes for my ICE car too!


First, stunning whistleblower leaks. Now a shareholder lawsuit lands on Zuckerberg's desk



I like Meh

Florida man accused of breaking Mastodon's open-source license with botched social network launch


Is there...

Lipstick on that pig?

If your apps or gadgets break down on Sunday, this may be why: Gpsd bug to roll back clocks to 2002



He's not really "random" then, is he!

Missouri governor demands prosecution of reporter for 'decoding HTML source code' and reporting a data breach

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Re: He's pissed because...

Well obviously he's Pissed Off... If he was Pissed On his last name would be Trump!

Thanx for the lead-in, heh


He's pissed because...

It was intentional! Now he'll hafta find other ways of leaking teachers personal info!

...and yes, he's an (R).

Air gaps have been 'shattered’, says new Indian policy on power sector security


Re: what can go wrong?

It sounds to me that something has already gone wrong, they've discovered it, and are trying to make sure it doesn't happen again.

A most uncivil display in New York's Civil Court


I Spy...

...a pinched cable under the left rear of the base?

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule


Re: You don't want to be the company

A 3 hour tour maybe?

I'll get my coat...

We have some sad news about Facebook. It has returned to the internet after six-hour mega outage



Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are Down!

You said that just like I cared!

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened


"that big update over the summer"

I'm still hitting the "Dismiss" button on that update.

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Isn't that what was used when cars had bumpers?

Firefox, No-Script and Duck-Duck-Go for me!

Music festivals are back in the UK. So is the background bork

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That analogue Windows Effects link at the end of the article was pretty cool!

Power users of Microsoft OneDrive suffer massive inconvenience: Read-only files


Command Prompt

attrib -r *.*

Smoking smartphone sparks emergency evacuation of Alaska Airlines jet, two taken to hospital



"The bags can withstand temperatures up to 3,200°F (1,760°C), come with heat resistant gloves to handle a burning device, and can be sealed into an airtight pocket to prevent a fire from getting out of hand and spreading."

Solar System's fastest-orbiting asteroid spotted, flies closer to the Sun than Mercury

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It was Oumuamua...

... tossing out it's garbage on the way by.

WEB@30: The Register pokes around historical hardware of the WWW


That is a very small...

..fax machine. The first one I encountered was around 1988 and was the size of a LJII!

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland


Live Long and Prosper

I guess it's time to start making/selling "We the 25, or the 4... or the 1" T-Shirts

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space


Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' ....

Oh Good, lemme write that down!

See that last line in the access list? Yeah, that means you don't have an access list


Ooo, Ooo, I know this one!

"We'll fix it later, it's time to go!" meaning the contractors had run over the allotted time per the contract and a "Supervisor" made a "Command Decision"

Hungarian tech store closed by World War II bomb


Not enough money...

... to make me do that job, no way!

Steam-powered computers: Retro cool or old and busted?


I agree, there's 2 problems here... Fan Failure (CPU overheating) and CMOS battery dead.

RAID controller? Oh my... probably SCSI too!

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5


Re: Printer ink isn’t as expensive as some things

But can you print with it?!?


Re: Conversely

"Any recommendations?"

When I was In Charge (IT Manager) I tried a number of different laser cartridge rebuilders. The one I ended up using installed new image drums EVERY TIME they rebuilt one! Failures were almost non-existant and they would replace every one that failed prematurely. Look up Shadow Fax in Madison Wisconsin, you won't be disappointed!


Re: Dried out print heads

Generally this works (only turning on an Ink Jet when you need to print). When left on, the coils at the nozzles are always on and thus are always warm. This is what dries out the nozzles and the cleaning cycle really REALLY wastes a lot of ink and doesn't always work.

Also, a thin cloth soaked in WATER ONLY run over the nozzles will generally clean them up. It'll take a few print jobs to clear them out but it doesn't waste nearly the amount of ink that the cleaning cycle does.

The only thing I use my ink jet now (Epson) is for making water soluable decals for car/airplane models, otherwise I too have gone the color laser route (had a Samsung CLX-2160N given to me) but it doesn't give me the resolution that my ink jet does.

You, too, can be a Windows domain controller and do whatever you like, with this one weird WONTFIX trick



"PetitPotam takes advantage of servers," said Microsoft, "where the Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) is not configured with protections for NTLM Relay Attacks."

Out of Box, Amazing!

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


I'm sure

...there's a 6mm hole that an errant nut (or bolt) created on it's way through the Hubble.