* Posts by aregross

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First rule of Ransomware Club is do not pay the ransom, but it looks like Carlson Wagonlit Travel didn't get the memo

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Re: In re tracing cash...

AFAIK, ATMs do not keep track of bill serial numbers, in or out.

Edit: In fact I'm sure of it. Each cassette is setup for a specific denomination. There is no OCR device after that. And the Armoured carrier sure doesn't keep track of them!

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

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Re: RIMFAX

The Young Ones was a fav of mine, uproariously over the top. The only episode I remember was when somebody (can't remember his name now) found a bicycle in the horribly disgusting bathtub, while taking a bath in the same! Good Stuff!

Edit: It was Neil, just looked it up. I kinda Identified with Rick, not sure if that's good ro bad....!

Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment

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"...now the wings have fallen off that phoenix."

Well put!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Facepalm

All these stories are nice, but the real point here is....

Why is the 'Manager' parking his butt on a running Winchester drive in the first place? Didn't he see all the crashed disks proudly displayed on the wall in the computer room as proof of how EXPENSIVE that sort of activity is?

Did you see that ludicrous display last night? Bork pays a visit to London's Silicon Roundabout

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I am an excellent Driver

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

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Ha, I got a flashback of the original Star Trek episode "Demonstration of Superiority"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQVsUQgZN6I

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Someone is now looking for a job...!

CSI: Amazon.com coming soon to a screen near you

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About time?

Really... Now? After how long they're finally doin this?

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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"Rosetta 2 will translate x86_64 code on installation or on-the-fly in the case of browsers using JIT-compiled JavaScript or Java."

I lol'd

Not just its VCS console that's MIA, Atari is a no-show in court, too: Reborn biz ignores hardware architect's lawsuit over unpaid wages

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Vapor Absolute?

Anatomy of a business email scam: FBI dossier details how fraudster pocketed $500k+ by redirecting payments

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Electrolux? A bit of 'Hoovering' there!

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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President Grump

It's the best I can do right now.

We dunno what's more wild: This vid of Japan's probe bouncing off an asteroid to collect a sample – or that the rock was sun-burnt

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A *small* bullet? That *small* bullet appeared to kick-off some good sized chunks, looking at the shadows.

...and Yes, that was Awesome!

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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I got this....

Magra-Soft

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Ha, forgot the obvious one....

BorgyMcBorkface

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PlanetBorg

AssimilateU

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BorgSoft

BorkSoft

Borgenstein

I'll come up with more as the coffee starts werkin

Just one more thing: Windows 10 May 2020 Update hits Release Preview

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Pint

"Today we learned there is a statue of Peter Falk as Columbo in Budapest..."

Plus One!

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Re: Savagery?

Ham, Pineapple and BBQ Sauce!

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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I always thought the "A" in the worm logo looked like the nose of The Shuttle. Maybe intentional?

Still, I voted Meatball

There's gold in your biz's processes and mining them is the future, says bloke behind topic's first practical guide

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Jeez, you'd think this would be Part-and-Parcel for developing a Customer Facing process. I think about when I (as an IT Manager) brought into the company I worked for a new phone system and setup the menuing system to route incoming calls to the various departments/customer service agents. It took 6 months to get it finalized only to find out that most calls went to the Operator (a position we tried to eliminate) because people just hit "0" anyway.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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"Sadly, however, without keyboard and mouse it is difficult to do too much with the screen..."

Fortunately that machine doesn't have a Touch Screen, indicated by the buttons on each side of it.

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support

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A lot of projects right now to upgrade all ATMs to Win10... *DO NOT* ask me how I know.

-ATM Technician (not Engineer)

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Haha, Duke Nukem 3D and IPX. The Boss would come stormin around the office yelling that the Database App was crawling and he knew what was causing it!

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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..."a parachute deployed just after take-off..."

Where have I heard this before... Oh Yea!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evel_Knievel

"The drogue parachute prematurely deployed as the Skycycle left the launching rail and induced significant drag."

Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'

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Glommed? The last time I heard that word was when Festus said it on Gunsmoke how many years ago.... way ahead of his time I guess!

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

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"Nice oil rig you got 'ear colonel, be a shame if sump'in 'appened to it..."

Outlook more like 'look out!' as Microsoft email decides everything is spam today

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Re: Yay for single points of failure !

I'm so glad I'm not an IT Manager anymore.... I like what hair I have left!

Cache flow problems continue for Intel: Yet more data-leaking processor design blunders discovered, patches due soon

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Re: Clickbait!

Ding! I stand corrected..... drunken ID10T rant.

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Re: Clickbait!

Don't you do Semaphore *with* an Aldis Lamp'?

Hapless AWS engineer spilled passwords, keys, confidential internal training info, customer messages on public GitHub

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IT Angle

Re: Engineer ?

Was just told today that my job description is changing from 'Customer Service Engineer' to 'Service Technician'

Wonder why....!

H0LiCOW: Cosmoboffins still have no idea why universe seems to be expanding more rapidly than expected

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The universe will keep expanding until it bumps into the other one....!

OK. We're off. Water ice found just below the surface of Mars. Good enough for us. Let's go. Impulse power, Mr Sulu

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Orange Whip? Orange Whip? Orange Whips all 'round!

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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There were also vacuum tube diodes.... many pins.

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Re: AKA Libertarians

Ding! Licensing is used mostly for statistics.

Join us on our new journey, says Wunderlist – as it vanishes down the Microsoft plughole

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Cough-FoxPro-cough

You'll never get Huawei with this, FCC tells US telcos: Buy Chinese kit and you won't see another dime from us

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Heavy

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas

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Focused energy is the first step to a Star Trek-like transporter.

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs

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Mushroom

"....HASP had been told to purge jobs 12345 to -12349, and was determined to do so."

I lol'd at that

"...most of the rage was directed at Big Blue, "who had allowed a simple mis-type… to have such big consequences".

I lol'd even more at that!

Big Badda B00M! --->

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice

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Motorcycle trip, been riding 8+ hours. Believe me when I say you can't fall asleep behind the wheel (bars) of a motorcycle but there comes a point when you can't ride any longer (hallucinations for one).

Checked into a hotel at 2AM, got a reduced rate because I was only gonna be there a few hours. Went to my room and opened it and as I walked through the threshold I noticed I was entering the wrong number room... but the key card worked on it! I tried the room across the hall and it worked there too! Found my room and it worked there too!

I'm under the impression that once the key card is activated it opens *any* room in the hotel!

We're going deeper Underground: Vulture clicks claws over London's hidden tracks

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Re: did it run on AC or DC?

Excellent Info, Thanx!

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Re: Railway Signalling works trip

The first question I always have when I see articles of old electric equipment like this is... did it run on AC or DC?

Cassini may be dead – but its data shows basic building blocks of life spewing from Enceladus

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"The plumes of water vapour and ice burst through the cracks of its icy surface and fly off into space..." and on to Earth?

Ponder

If you really can't let go of Windows 7, Microsoft will keep things secure for another three years

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Re: 450MB/sec, 1GB/sec?

I thought that was the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack=Patch?

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Re: Windows 7 unpatched is better than Windows 10 for security

There was a M$ patch for O2k3 that converted DOCX/XLSX files on the fly.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

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Back when I was an IT Manager (an Army of One!) the COO and I came up with a rule that Password/Logon Moves/Adds/Changes could only come from HR (also and Army of One).

Fixt!

I couldn't possibly tell you the computer's ID over the phone, I've been on A Course™

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Re: Don't tell him your name pike

So, you're name's not Bruce then? That's gonna cause a bit of confusion!

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

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Back in the DOS dayz, I would edit the Command.com and change things like the 'Press any Key when Ready" message to things like "Hit the Space Bar, Stupid!"

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers

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Human: Keep it up, Keep It Up, KEEP IT UP!

Watchkeeper: I can't anymore

Can't dance? That's no excuse. Let a robot do it for you at this 'forced exoskeleton rave'

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I think I'm glad I didn't turn the speakers on for that...!

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