* Posts by MisterHappy

84 posts • joined 14 Mar 2014


Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims


Re: This was going on 12 years ago.

This is why I used to buy a new printer every couple of months.

Years ago Lexmark sold inkjet printers with a 1/2 filled colour & black ink cartridge for £19.99. When they ran out it was £54 to replace them... Or £19.99 for a new printer.

After a year or so the printers started shipping with only the 1/2 filled colour cartridges but I was lucky enough to re-home an unwanted HPLJ6P by then.

Patients must know how their health records are used – and approve any sharing for research


Selling on of data?

I would have no issue with my health records being shared for research purposes but I do have issues with subsequent actions.

Taking email for example, "we will only share your email details with our partners" which is (debatably) fair enough but their partners share with their own partners & so on until "Single Russian ladies are waiting to meet you" spam turns up in an email you only use for confidential correspondence.

If you want to share my data then please publish a list of the "Reputable Companies" that you are sharing with and provide me with a method of looking up who my data has been shared with & a method of removing myself from some or all of the aforementioned companies.

If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up



It's aliens right? It's always aliens.

BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine


Re: A little power

BGInfo is still available & quite useful when managing 1000's of desktops

When ERP migrations go bad: Games Workshop says project issues are delaying refresh of 'dated' online store



The site that hadn't been updated for ages that the creator pulled because he has family commitments & "Wasn't sure" if the IP crackdown would affect him? That TTS?

Not too bright, are you? Your laptop, I mean... Not you


Toshiba Tecra A2

I think I've mentioned this before but...

The Toshiba Tecra A2 had a volume control dial on the side of the laptop, positioned just in the right place for it to catch as it was pulled out of the laptop bag.

It was not an uncommon event for an exec to call in a panic because they had no sound and had a presentation coming up. Usually it was limited to once per person but not always.

More than half of companies rethinking back-to-office plans amid variant uncertainty and vaccine mandates – survey


Monday - Friday

Get into work, take off coat and log in, while the PC is logging in moan about the traffic, then open emails. Get up from the desk and go have a chat about your/your colleague's kid, go off and make a coffee, come back and complain about the state of the kitchen, chat to the colleague who has been away for a few days.

Sometime around 10 - 10.30, actual work will be started.

Later on, have lunch and repeat the morning routine with slight variation when you get back from lunch.

These are the people who miss the office.

Cloud load balancer snafu leads to 3D printer user printing on a stranger's kit


Not so much a problem with "Makers" as such, I have a 3d printer churning away quite happily.

However I use a VPN connection back into my home network if I want to check on things when I am away. The issue is more Joe public and "You can do this using the cloud".

Someone brings up TSD as a remote monitoring tool at least once a week on various 3d printing forums & it's about 70% "It's great, I love it" to 30% "Use a vpn, this sh*t isn't secure"

So the data centre's 'getting a little hot' – at 57°C, that's quite the understatement


I can finally tell this one!

Back in the 90's the company I worked at upgraded the mainframes from 2 ICL ME29's to a nice shiny ICL Series 39 Lv40 with the corresponding disk cabinet and tape drives for backup. The problem was that the replacement took longer than expected so the air-con in the room was struggling to cope.

Initially this wasn't a problem, the 2 ME29's would run the production work while the S39 was being commissioned, things got a little warm but the S39 was shut down at the end of the day. However once production jobs started running on the new box we couldn't shut it down as easily. As everyone except project managers knows, projects always have snags, in this case it was that some of the batch jobs needed more work before they could be moved over which meant that for a few weeks we would be running both MEs & the S39 from 8am to 11pm.

In the first day it got warm, then hot, then hotter! Then the over-temp alarm in the S39 started going off, a quick check of the manual showed that the alarm would be followed by a shutdown, this would be sub-optimal so a call to the friendly ICL field engineer followed. He told us that there was a reset button located just under the top vents in the box & that pressing it would silence the alarm for 30 mins and cancel the shutdown.

For the next week there was a step-ladder beside the S39, after about midday whoever was on shift would leave the computer room because it was too hot to work in for more than a few mins at a time. When the temperature alarm in the S39 went off, someone would dash in, go up the step-ladder, reach in and hit the alarm reset. This would then repeat every 30 mins throughout the day until all the batch jobs had finished and everything could be shut down. Remote operator consoles were used to monitor things like tape requests etc & these would be done as fast as possible to avoid the heat in the room.

After a week the management had a big chiller unit installed. Of course, after the old Me29s were decommissioned the room was usually too cold to work in because the new chiller was not linked to the air-con and constantly blasted chilled air into the room.

Tired: What3Words. Wired: A clone location-tracking service based on FOUR words – and they are all extremely rude


Re: WHat Three Words - commercial algorithim that cant be shared without license payment

Why is my cat posting here???

Elevating bork to a new level (if the touchscreen worked)


Unless you are Scottish...


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


Facilities are to blame

When you have a Facilities Management dept that insists on a cost code and charges to move desks, IT frequently got called on to do office moves.

We got so fed up with it that the standard response was to show up & unplug/unpatch everything, put it in an adjoining office or in the corridor & then tell the end users that after they got the desks moved to where they wanted to give us a call & we would reconnect everything. The number of pointless reorganising of offices because "Margaret wants to sit by the window" dropped to almost nothing.

Strangely we were still willing to move furniture if plied with coffee and cake.

BOFH: Here in my car I feel safest of all. I can listen to you ... It keeps me stable for days


People do need to be told

Unfortunately people do need to be told not to punch a hole through their door access card, the card that also works for 2FA & to tap on the printer to release their prints.

Robots still suck. It's all they can do to stand up – never mind rise up


Re: Perfect workers

- dumb, they'll never question their manager

Dumb unquestioning adherence to instruction is the best way to rebel

- only need food / mains. They won't feel jealous about colleague new iPhone.

Ok, I'll give you that one ;)

- employer can legally pay nothing

Except support, enhanced support, feature requests, cloud resilience, etc, etc

- robot will unlikely have an affair and cause a scandal

Not even with the photocopier?

- robot will not join a union

Have you never noticed how when one thing breaks, other machines stop working in sympathy? They already have a union!

Devilish plans for your next app update ensure they never happen – unless you start praying


Just a couple of quotes

“The wages of sin is death but so is the salary of virtue, and at least the evil get to go home early on Fridays.” - Witches Abroad

10 years earlier from 2000AD... "the wages of sin are death, but the hours are good and the perks are fantastic" - Anthrax Goulshadow (had to look up the name).

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification


Joining the bandwagon

At the moment if I choose to do an extra 30mins at the end of the day because it would be a hassle to stop and start again, I can and because it is my choice I don't log the hours. If I am asked to work late then I will claim the overtime.

I am lucky enough that I am in a position to shut off completely from work at the end of the day, although it has taken some effort to get over to my manager & project managers that when I shut down my laptop I will no longer see any emails or Teams messages.

I can sympathise with the people who feel the need to impress as I have worked for companies where promotions/payrises were handed out on the basis of "Jim worked 30 extra hours to get x project completed" or "Bob is always available if I have a problem, no matter what time of night.".

It is very easy to tell people to just turn off their phone but as has been stated by others, not everyone is financially secure enough or secure enough in their position to tell the boss no.

UK arm of international charity the Salvation Army hit by ransomware attack


Re: I'm surprised

Ahh there's the rub, if #deity is omnipotent then there is a need to defend them.

If they are omniscient then they will already know about it.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements


Re: hardware requirements

Possibly the few months of people finding the switch in the Bios to enable TPM.

Win 11 checker failed me for not having a TPM, passed after I looked around the Bios a bit.

UK health secretary Matt Hancock follows delay to GP data grab with campaign called 'Data saves lives'


Re: Mess

Have a handy link...


Apple's expert witness grilled by Epic over 'frictionless' spending outside the app


Re: In-App purchases

Depending on which app you have, you can purchase the audio books directly from the website & when your app syncs they will show as available.

One of the issues with buying from the publisher is that many do not make audio versions of their books, however I think Audible does still allow the import of books into the PC version of the app. I have had issues with this in the past though as the books are often not split into chapters correctly.

Yes, there's nothing quite like braving the M4 into London on the eve of a bank holiday just to eject a non-bootable floppy


Re: Scammers and time wasters do blacklist people...

I once fell foul of the 'bait & switch' whereby a very attractive lady asks if you have a moment & then introduces her colleague (usually male) to ask about religion...

My question of "How do I know you are the right one?" caused concern, especially when I pointed out that statistically they were worshipping incorrectly due to the plethora of beliefs & most (if not all) belief systems state that people not of that system are not going to heaven. Apostasy was ruled out as that's also a no-no, so no hedging your bets.

All in all, a fun discussion... I enjoyed it anyway.

PSA: If you're still giving users admin rights, maybe try not doing that. Would've helped dampen 100+ Microsoft vulns last year – report


We have a "Trusted user" in some areas, someone who also has an elevated account, linked to a group of PCs in their area. It means that a lot of the time supplier updates can be installed by the local admin in the dept but only on the PCs specified. So Bob can update the software on the 6 PCs in the warehouse so the barcode readers recognise some new style of code but his elevated credentials won't work anywhere else.

It's not everywhere & has been withdrawn from some areas after "issues" but in balance it makes things a little easier for everyone.


Re: Why do I need admin rights? Well, because of IT

From the IT dept perspective, "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on mine."

I have lost track of the number of time the super urgent request that has to be done RIGHT NOW is accompanied by and email that goes back weeks & IT were only contacted at the last moment when the end user found out they didn't have the permission to install software whenever they wanted.

Remember that day in 2020 when you were asked to get the business working from home – by tomorrow?


Was it just me?

Anyone else have a backlog of projects that were delayed or paused because of "Reasons", including "The users won't like the change", that suddenly got greenlit because they included things that enabled remote working?

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


Re: And this is where it goes ... pear shaped?

"Some pretty butterflies"

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative


Re: Barn doors

However many, many years ago my mum's Woman's Own used to include "Reader's Tips". I suppose that now it would be "10 Life Hacks you would never believe!!!!!"

Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister


Re: They're a weird mob.

From a quick search because I too thought it was named after a paper...

"The New York World was established in 1860, just before the Civil War, and it fared poorly throughout the 1870s before being bought up by Joseph Pulitzer in 1883. Over the next half-century, the World was renowned for everything from its “yellow journalism” to its debut of the crossword puzzle; in 1930 it was sold and merged with the Evening Telegram to become the New York World-Telegram.

The New York World never had anything to do with the World Series, however, other than being one of the many newspapers to report the results. The modern World Series (like its predecessor series waged between National League and American Association teams from 1884-1890) was so named not because of any affiliation with a corporate sponsor, but because the winner was considered the “world’s champion” — the title was therefore simply a shortened form of the phrase “world’s championship series.”"

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


Re: Think of it as evolution in action

IIRC - Oath Of fealty but Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

Judge denies Parler an injunction to force AWS to host the antisocial network for internet outcasts


Re: Censorship by Private Companies

From the linked article - updated 58 minutes ago. The account has been suspended.

"A Twitter account linked to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has posted what appears to be a call for an attack on Donald Trump in revenge for last year's killing of its top military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani.


The social media giant has now suspended the account - @khamenei_site.

Twitter said the account had violated its rules and it directed readers to a list of prohibited acts, including threatening violence."


Re: Censorship by Private Companies

IIRC on a lot of the "Net Neutrality" posts here there are frequent comments along the lines of "If you don't like it start your own ISP". Surely Parler could host it themselves? A few physical servers and an internet connection would do the job.


Re: Censorship by Private Companies

"It is a bit like a city banning someone from talking in any public or private space within its walls and not calling that censorship."

Isn't it more like me not allowing people to come to my house and shout loudly about things I find objectionable? I wouldn't try and stop them talking, they just can't do it in my house anymore.

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech



You could get a USB to parallel lead which is what I got for my friend so he could continue to use his venerable HP Laserjet5p. 20+ years old and still going strong.

Brexit trade deal advises governments to use Netscape Communicator and SHA-1. Why? It's all in the DNA


Re: How to get useful meetings

Had a very good departmental admin a good number of years back, after sitting through various project & team meetings that overran by hours she started bringing a cassette recorder to meetings with "If nobody objects I will tape this so the minutes are accurate".

Amazing how on-track that kept the meetings.

$900bn coronavirus stimulus bill includes $600 for most Americans, $50 in monthly internet subsidies, $1.9bn to help rid the US of Huawei kit


Re: Re : "Not sure how the last bit relates to COVID-19 but there ya go"

Hang on... I thought 5G turned people gay.

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty


Longer cables to the rescue

Had a fun call raised many years ago. A particular PC would blow the PSU but nobody could work out the cause. The PC in question was located in the prosthetics workshop & the obvious cause was dust from the foam moulds that were sanded down to fit the recipient, but every time the PC came back it was perfectly clean, no dust coating the motherboard or clogging up the PSU. The PSU was replaced & failed a few weeks later, the PC was replaced & the new PC failed. This went on for a couple of months until one of the team was attending a different fault in the area & popped into the workshop to see if everything was ok.

In his words "The whole thing was covered in yellow dust!" A little digging revealed that when the PC failed the process was to give it a good clean, inside and out, with the vacuum & try it again, this would usually work but when it didn't it got logged with IT. Hence the PC being returned looking spotless despite having been under a pile of dust.

The solution was to put the PC in the office on the other side of the wall & run cables for keyboard, mouse & monitor through the wall.

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us


Targeted Advertising is awful anyway

I recently had the need to replace the heating element on our oven, a fairly simple process that was made easy by the supplier's site having a tutorial.

However, I did use Google to look for a supplier & until I cleared my cookies I was getting advertisements for the thing I had already bought. It's the same across the board, instead of "Oh you bought (a) perhaps you would be interested in (b)", you get "You were looking for (a) how about this (a) or this (a1) or this (a2)?"

Along with what has been said above about non-intrusive ads, it would be nice if ads didn't try and sell me something I have already bought!

Samsung asks New Jersey court to sink class action suit about Galaxy S7 waterproofing woes


Lack of detail...

Was the phone new? Was the case damaged in any way? Had it been opened up and/or tinkered with?

I am not usually on the side of big business but "I dropped it in the toilet and it started acting strange" is hardly the basis for a lawsuit is it?(IANAL)

Having said that, if it was a reasonably new phone that was in good condition then the consumer should be compensated if it has not performed as specified.

Of course there was probably tiny writing at the bottom of the advertisement along the lines of "Phone used was non-working dummy and is only for illustrative purposes"

When you're On Call, only you can hear the silence of the clicks


One from me & one a friend told me

I was told by my (long ago) boss that I was covering on-call despite not being rota'd in that week, when I asked why he happily told me that him and some others were going to the leaving drinks for one of the other managers & as I was not invited I could cover call. This did not make me happy so I asked a couple of colleagues if they fancied an after work meal & booked a table for 6 at a nice little basement bar just round the corner from work. Being the mid 90s the BT Cellnet brick had no signal as soon as we went below ground level.

The next morning I had an angry boss demanding why I had turned off the phone because he had been called as the escalation contact, I was able to trot out my colleagues to verify that I was 10mins walk away, hadn't been drinking & the phone was turned on & on the table the whole time. Yes we knew it was a blackspot & yes, they thought I'd been stitched up too so were happy to omit the fact that the phone display had been showing "No Service" the whole time.


From my friend:

He was the on-call fitter a few years ago, at 2am one morning got called out, he was pulled over by plod doing 90 on the motorway in his van with a trailer on the back.

When asked "Where are you going in such a hurry?" His reply of "Hinkley point, I'm the on-call fitter" got him a police escort. My understanding is that it was nothing nuclear related but it got him out of a ticket.

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Ohhh I have wonderful memories of those.

One of my first jobs was at a place that used those beasts. Roll of paper maneuvered into place by me and a colleague, arms come down and out so that we can line up the roll with the holder, press the load button and watch as the hydraulic arms pick up the roll and lift it into place.

Next steps were to feed the end of the paper through the various rollers, ending with the 45 degree roller in the bottom of the printer (where in other places the box of paper would be).

The fun part was that they also had the folding table at the end of the printer (yet more rollers to navigate), when that went wrong it was a race to stop the printer to avoid a huge pile of prints piling up between the printer & the folding table.

Having said that, the 'cold fuse' variant of that printer was a dangerous bit of kit but that was a later job and I knew enough to avoid it like the plague.

As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!


Re: The Six Million Dollar Man

Knowing my luck I'd only be able to afford the upgrade for one leg & be able to walk normally or run really fast in tight circles!

Apple takes another swing at Epic, says Unreal Engine could be a 'trojan horse' threatening security


Re: There questions

1. Has anyone thought of the children?

..........Apple has but mostly as a source of future revenue.

2. Should I be wearing a mask?

.......... Probably when you are in an enclosed area that is open to the public.

3. What will this do to house prices in my area?

.......... Depends where you live but unless you are planning on selling anyway it's not important.

The answers to the above will determine how much I actually care.

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams


Re: Not exactly surprising reading...

Yes I meant Safari, thanks.


Re: Not exactly surprising reading...

100% agree with your last point, I have not heard anything about Opera being the only browser that comes pre-installed on an iPhone either.

RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'


Re: Pi 4 mouldering?

And there was me just sticking mine in a sandwich box in the garden to take videos of the Hedgehogs visiting the feeding station. The 2nd one (the 4gb) was being used as a laptop replacement when staying in hotels.

Then again my Pi B+ has been working quite happily as an arcade machine for ages.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


Used to buy Lexmark

Back in the day I used to buy Lexmark inkjet printers, cost of printer with a black and a colour cartridge was £19.99. The ink cartridges that came with it were 1/2 filled. Cost of replacement ink cartridges - £55. The guy in the shop asked me why I was buying a new printer every couple of months & was shocked when I explained that it was cheaper to do that than get new ink.

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'


Re: Show a PC keyboard?

Very tenuously - Last night's University Challenge had a C64 in the picture round, suffice to say that none of the 20 somethings recognised it.

Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead


I have that t-Shirt

It's always fun to see the double take followed by a smile

Oh noes! Half the NHS runs on Windows 7! Thankfully, here's Citrix with a virty vaccine


Re: Just think of the drivers

That's just the hardware, what about the 7 different applications that each have had coded check for a different Java version because someone thought that testing for Java 1.5.1 was the right thing to do!

Not to forget that you will need both 32 & 64 Bit because some things are still coded to only work in IE and that it always 32 bit.

Oh yes... Silverlight too!!!!!111one



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