* Posts by aregross

249 posts • joined 4 Dec 2012


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.

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why


WiFI 6e

My understanding of WiFi6(e) is there can be a 3rd 'backhaul' channel (either wired to the AP or wireless) that takes the load off the uplink from the device, thus freeing the downlink to the device and increasing the bandwidth.

I am currently wiring my daughter's 100 year old house that's been gutted to the bare framed walls to run PoE to the APs and then backhaul from the AP to the router using that same Cat6 cable.

Will probably use TP-Link's tri-band Mesh Business solution as the Home solutions are only dual-band (with exceptions). Yea it's expensive but it'll be future proof... at least for a few years.

Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware


Re: Sounds Like...

I would be thinking first of a small drone-like unit that can be sent up to visually inspect dear Hubble for F.O.D. (Foreign Object Damage)

Amazon will know when its business, privacy practices keep you up at night – it has an FCC-approved sleep radar


I wish LG wasn't going away

"it approved a similar request from Google for radar to be installed in its Pixel smartphones."


Kepler spots four rogue Earth-mass exoplanets floating in space, unbound to any star


What was the name of that cigar-shaped thingy that floated through our solar system a few years ago?

Boffins decide what world really needs is indestructible robot cockroaches


The Fifth Element?

I'm surprised nobody has brought up The Fifth Element yet, though that one was easily defeated by a shoe....heh

Otherwise yea, Kill them with Fire!

IT management biz Kaseya's VSA abused to infect businesses with ransomware



"...we will all need a weapon license to buy a 3D printer and an extra fee is put on the raw materials. You are only allowed to buy raw materials with the license and the raw materials will be DNA marked with the license ID for tracking purposes. The collected money is for the copyright infractions every owner of a 3D printer surely is making all the time. The license ensures that we will kill each other in a registered and trackable way. This setup will work magic because only criminals will ignore the rules and will therefore be caught."

I like this idea

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


"Microsoft tracked people’s brain activity for ‘delight’ when prototyping Windows 11"

Was just reading this: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/microsoft-windows-11-brain-activity-prototype-b1872957.html

Obviously they did it for your Brain!

Lego bricks, upcycled iPhone lenses used in new low-cost, high-res microscope



"even politicians"? You mean *despite* politicians.

Spacey McSpaceface: Artemis takes shape ahead of '2021' launch – but first you need to name the crash-test dummy



Bruce Willis

Your Mom

Poltergeist attack could leave autonomous vehicles blind to obstacles – or haunt them with new ones

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CV Update

Great article, I just found a new catchphrase to use in my CV...

"Supporting life-critical closed loop feedback systems"

-Win10 Desktop Support

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients


Where's James “The Amazing” Randi when you need him!



An anti-drone system that sneezes targets to death? Would that be a DARPA project? You betcha


UFOs anyone?

I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up to capture/kill a UFO.

Door-opening insect mega-swarm emerges in Eastern US, descends on Washington DC


Re: It's them or us!

There's a religion somewhere that believes trees are the highest form of life, that we are all re-incarnate and eventually end up as trees.... if your a good boy/girl! heh

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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I remember those 'naughty' credit card lists working at a Sunoco Service Station in the early 70s. They were ridiculously long, 5 or more double-sided pages with probably 200-300 numbers per side in 3 columns. Fortunately they were sequential so it was a little easier to search through.

Nobody expects the borkish bank-wisition: When I said I wanted some notes from the ATM, I never thought I'd see...


Ha, you wouldn't be able to do anything as that's not a Touch screen though sometimes the side buttons can act as Function keys(but only in the bank's application software). With a keyboard attached to the PC Core you would use the Function keys to navigate around.

My guess is it's a remote 'worker bee' trying to do... something.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends


Hmmm, what to write on the ticket.... I got it!

"Restored Primary Input Power"

I've written that on a ticket a number of times but don't ask me that number.

Protip: If Joe Public reports that your kit is broken, maybe check that it is actually broken

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What I've learned in my almost 40 years of IT support...ALWAYS break things down to the smallest equation, ergo...

"What is the First Rule of IT"

Assume Nothing!

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


Oh and to the point of the article... If you thought del *.* was bad, try deltree *.* from the root... Ding! Empty Disk!


Didn't PCTools have an undelete function?

...and I still have a WordPerfect 5.1 key board template that layed on top of the function keys. I lost the one from the original IBM keyboard where the function keys were in two rows on the side of the keyboard, not above the numbers.


Spent Chinese rocket stage set to make an uncontrolled return to Earth


OK, so I found this: https://spaceflightnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/lm5_schematic.jpg

From: https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/11/03/china-launches-long-march-5-one-of-the-worlds-most-powerful-rockets/

Center engine is Liquid hydrogen and LOX (if I'm reading this correctly)

It must not be very powerful if they need liquid fueled boosters to get it up.

Is the red square the stuff that's falling on my head ~May10th?


"which features a core stage and four strapped-on liquid fuelled boosters."

Waitwut? Liquid fueled 'booster'? I thought boosters used solid fuel. What kind of "strapped-on" booster uses liquid fuel? How would that work?

And does that mean the main core engine is solid fueled? Isn't that kinda bass-ackwards?

'Millions' of Dell PCs will grant malware, rogue users admin-level access if asked nicely


Couldn't find that file on my Dell

Apple faces another suit over its allegedly misleading water resistance claims

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I was downvoted before the edit... Thanx!


Just an FYI, but back in the '60s Timex had to make a change to their claim that their watches were 'Waterproof' and from that point on claimed they were only 'Water Resistant' I forgot the guy's name but his commercials disappeared too!

EDIT: His name was John Cameron Swayze. It was a big deal at the time! The Timex tagline was " It takes a licking and keeps on ticking."



From cash machines to commercial kitchen appliances, Doom really will run on almost anything


Oopsie! Wrong FPS, so shoot me! LOL!

That'll be next on the Bump Bar.


"Come Get Some" the unit says and the chef says "Order Up!"

Another successful flight for SpaceX's Starship apart from the landing-in-one-piece thing


Re: Historical precedent

Don't forget Fireball XL-5!

Although there is "Fireball" in the name!



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