* Posts by Johndoe888

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CAA NZ CC's 1000's of users email adresses to each other :(


CAA NZ CC's 1000's of users email adresses to each other :(

CAA New Zealand have just shared 1000's of users email addresses with each other :(

Full info https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opz-eDY70vM

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon


Re: Power! (fabricobble)

I thought it originated with ChuckE2009.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds


Re: I'm sure we've all done this too

That's normal, nothing plays up while being watched


Re: Impress the senior sysadmin

A correctly rated cup holder would chop the cup in half LOL


Re: Mondarin?

As opposed to the other famous Orange, search for Kyoto Tachibana :)

IT protip: Never try to be too helpful lest someone puts your contact details next to unruly boxen


Re: Overtime

New manglement introduced a requirement to actually take 50% of days holiday instead of paying outstanding leave at the end of year, it's about to go horribly wrong !

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?


Re: It was something we used to do in the 60s & 70s

In a previous job when I was called in on a weekend I found a fray bentos pie being cooked in the glassware oven in the lab. (less than 5 years ago)

Obviously an Explosion Containment Pie Dish was required by the lab.

BOFH: What's the Gnasher? Why, it's our heavy-duty macerator sewage pump


Re: Overhead sewers

Some years ago a plumber friend had the job of installing a macerator toilet in the basement of an Indian restaurant, that evening the boss of the restaurant thought the job was finished and decided to err test it :(

The pipe was only loosely connected prior to fixing it to the wall and finishing everything, of course the inevitable happened and the pipe blew off turning it into a pre digested curry shower !

It was all Yellow: Mass email about a Coldplay CD breaks the internet


Re: The magic phrase...

Dave at EEVblog has been etching pcp's with water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGL8X8FS4eQ

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps


Re: Whatever you do, someone will do the wrong thing

A friend of mine had the job of testing all the fire alarm call points (break glass type), in somewhere rather large, with a map of the location of them all he set off and all went well until he found one that was not on the map. He penciled in the missing red break glass call point onto the map and released the glass to test it, people started rushing out of the door along side it, it was the haylon release for the server room !


Re: did anyone ever use these buttons the way they were intended to?

Via the maintenance door that is along side the revolving semicircular high security access portals :)

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers


Re: Design deficiencies

A friend was installing a macerator toilet in an indian takeaway, with the power connected and the pipework loose fitted he left to finish it next day, the takeaway boss arrived later and decided to make use of the new facility with a predictable result :)


Re: Floor drains

If there is a flood outside then toilets also become an err big issue.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


Re: No interference?

The two best USB chargers that he has tested came from Ikea (£8) and Poundland ( actually a £2 item ) !

For anything that may go up in smoke he has his "Explosion containment pie dish" on hand.

As for the LED lights that he has tested, 99% use a simple capacitive dropper rather than something that has the potential to cause interference.


Re: No interference?

Actually Big Clive is Scottish but lives on the Isle of Man

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman


I understand there is another DJI Phantom owner being prosecuted, for flying it directly over an airfield.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


They're journalists, methylated spirits would probably work just as well as alcohol.

BigClive tasted it ROTF

BigClive tastes Methylated spirit

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work


Re: Monitor

Often I'll just close the door, and then check again (or my wife will check for me) and without doing anything else... Voila! It's appeared right there on the shelf in plain sight, when it definitely wasn't there before.

That's a temporal continuity error, it was there before you opened the door and after you closed the door but not while the door was open the first time.

There is a full explanation of these in The Twilight Zone - A Matter of Minutes

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running


Even so, there's a lot of difference between Massachusetts and Mississippi.

The lights all went out in Massachusetts, where as there was a burning in mississippi

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes


Re: Dirty

"inflammable" and "flammable" both mean the same thing, so "non-in" in this case is not a double negative.

Either it flams or it doesn't, simples :)

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last


Re: Uh, am I the only one

Re-verify our range to target... one ping only.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look


Just add the hotdog stand theme :)

Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'


Exemption from Article 94A (the 400 foot rule)

The latest meeting between the Department for Transport (DfT), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and representatives from the UK Model Flying Associations took place yesterday afternoon at the DfT offices in London.

The most urgent matter to address was the recent change to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which introduced (in Article 94A) a 400ft height limit on the operation of all Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) which will come into effect on the 30th July 2018. Whilst the changes to the ANO are largely aimed at regulating 'drones', the 400ft restriction will also apply to model aircraft below 7Kg.

However, we are pleased to report that agreement was reached that the Model Flying Associations will collectively apply for an exemption from Article 94A to allow their members to continue operating model aircraft below 7Kg above 400ft as they do under the current ANO. The DfT and CAA were supportive of this course of action and did not foresee any reason why the exemption would not be in place in time for the 30th July.

Negotiations on the other changes introduced in the ANO, namely operator registration and online testing of pilots remain ongoing, but for now it is business as usual for members of the BMFA, LMA, SAA & FPVUK.


The 400 foot rule comes in on July 30th, until then only those weighing less than 7kg have no height restriction.

'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'


Lawn chair Larry ? But that's Helium not Nitrogen.

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'


Oregon should give anyone that wants to call themselves an Engineer a blunt drill and get them to sharpen it as a minimum requirement :)

Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain


Re: A few suggestions from me

"Those pre-radar "sound mirror" things somewhere on the South Coast"

Those are at Dungeness

Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal


Re: Those pesky regulations

I know someone that gets called upon to pilot real drones down from 60,000 feet and 60 miles away, dream jobs do exist :)


What height restriction

Here in the UK if it is under 7kg weight there is no height restriction (apart from any local airspace restrictions). If over 7kg then its 400 feet above point of launch.

If the controller in the drone has restrictions then it is a simple matter of replacing it with a commercially available one that does not, its not "hacking", its no different to replacing a burnt out motor or speed controller.

Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'


"One thing I know about radar, it doesn’t drive drunk, it doesn’t drive distracted,”

If we eventually get these, will there be no driving test for them, and will I be able to drive to the pub, get pissed, then put it on auto and sit in the back seat to drive home ?


Thinking about it I suspect that while being able to get off the train and phone my car to come and get me (empty), that once inside there will be a BRB meaning that I become "in charge" :(

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal


400 foot rule

Applys to over 7kg, below 7kg there is no height limit

NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux


Intel Outside

Just a guess, could it be LPC clock outputs in the Atom C2000 chips

Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k


obligatory cork and poo joke

Three scientists were one day discussing what would happen if they rammed a cork up an elephant's backside and force fed it for 2 weeks. But because the experiment had never been documented and the idea was hard to comprehend they decided to have a go. A week after the experiment had started they began to realize WHY the idea had never been tried, they were stuck for someone to pull the cork out.

One of the scientists came up with the bright idea of training a monkey to do the job, so they spent the next week training it to pull out cork once a buzzer had rung, then push it back in for another go. The big day arrived, they set up all the monitoring equipment and set out to a safe distance.

The first scientist went 1 mile away, the second went 2 miles away and the third went 3 miles. When they were all ready the first scientist pushed the button to sound the buzzer.


The third scientist (3 miles away) was up to his ankles in poo, the second (2 miles away) was up to his knees and the first (1 mile away) was up to his nose. When the others joined the scientist who was 1 mile away they noticed that he was in fits of laughter.

"What the %$*& is so funny?" asked one of the scientists as they dug him out.

"You should have seen the monkey trying to get the cork back in!!!"

Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h


Look out, Low Bridge !

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules


Re: Prove it

"These drones are too light to physically do any damage"

That's what NASA thought about foam :(

Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos


Grit. Five specks of grit on the scanner-scope. See, the thing

about grit is, it's black, and the thing about scanner-scopes...

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US


Re: Is there any other type?

There are two types of ejection, the sort that you can prepare for, and the sort that you cannot.

Preparing involves getting in to the optimum position with feet on the rests, back straight, arms in, etc

It is the unprepared type that not surprisingly causes the worst injuries.

F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK


Re: Tornado radar ...

The Eurofighter was nearly fitted with a Blue Circle gun.

ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge


Was it not Electronically Tested to ISO 4074:2002, or did they puncture it taking it out of the foil packet ?

Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing


I was working remotely for a very large ISP at the time, when I logged in on the morning of the 1st there were great celebrations going on as no bug had struck or been found, I then informed my manager that the date on the search page had rolled over to 1900 :)

UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger


Why the big fuss about dropping from 4 to 3, initially there were only 2, Cellnet and Vodaphone.

IBM's 'neurosynaptic chip' to power nuke-watching exascale rig


Heads up, rocket fans: Soyuz launch tonight


It really needs Howard Wolowitz screaming during the launch to add some excitement.

HSBC COO ‘profoundly apologises’ for online outage

Thumb Up

I expect we will read about what happened in a future edition of "On Call"

No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military


Re: "our best advice is: just don't be an idiot. "

There is no such thing as an idiot proof system since there is no such thing as a system proof idiot.

ISS 'nauts prepare for Cygnus space truck consensual grappling


Re: All it needs is The Blue Danube as a sound track.

Hopefully any pirates in the area will be Harmless or Mostly Harmless.

Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA


This is well covered by The Air Navigation Order, I hate the phrase "Drone" when used to describe a quadcopter, these are the vermin of the skies when bought as toys and flown by muppets ! They give responsible pilots a bad reputation, as per other vermin these toys should be shot on site with a 12 bore !

Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg


Lost or vaporised

Was the manhole / hatch inscribed with the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42 ?

Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?


Cause for concern


Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins


Re: life of some sort is probably inevitable....

'PS We do of course we need supernovae to make the heavy atoms, but I am arguing that the evolutionary process is very powerful and therefore life of some form is inevitable.'

Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.