* Posts by Aus Tech

63 posts • joined 27 Mar 2014


Dam it: Beaver ate our internet, says tiny Canadian town of Tumbler Ridge

Aus Tech

Re: Don't forget the smaller cousins....

"Idiot With Backhoe..."

We've had that problem here in Australia with the NBN, several times. The last time that it happened - less than 6 months ago, we had intermittent problems and slow data transfer speeds for almost 4 weeks, as the technicians had to repair the Optical Fibre lines, one at a time, as well as use redundant links just to get the towns on the lines a basic connection. Currently it's working great, thankfully. I just hope that we don't have any problems for the next couple of years.

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity

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Re: Covid 19 and hot desks

"BOFH solution = flamethrower."

Seems a bit on the extreme side, even though being effective. Not to mention being damn expensive.

If you can't log into Azure, Teams or Xbox Live right now: Microsoft cloud services in worldwide outage

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Re: CURRENT STATUS: Microsoft rerouted traffic to our resilient DNS capabilities

"Because that means running TWO 486SX's at the same time."

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, please tell me when to stop laughing!

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

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Re: When turn off/turn on fails

"I didn't expect the drive to have its own switch"

I've only seen one external floppy drive with an external switch, many years ago now. Half of the time the owner of the computer would forget to turn the drive on, until it wouldn't read. He wasn't impressed. Just don't ask me what breed of PC it was, as I've long ago forgotten.

OVH reveals it's scrubbing servers – to get smoke residue off before rebooting

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Re: This is very low-rent

"Although flip side, if they are cleaning so thoroughly.... is it a fire damaged server?"

It's still a fire damaged server. They won't know if it will boot until they try, and if it boots, they won't know how much data is accessible and/or recoverable until they try to access the drives. The servers might be okay, if they've done a thorough clean up of them, but I wouldn't bet a pound, let alone my life on them being operational for an extended period.

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Re: Worth saying again......

"It's the same with backups to HDD. People use just one drive, instead of double cloning......."

Speak for yourself. I use 4 drives, deployed to 3 different locations on the LAN, and I still worry if I have enough redundancy, even with a small but essential lot of files backed up to the cloud, that cannot be replaced otherwise.

Big problem: Nominet members won't know how many votes they're casting in decision to oust CEO, chair

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Now, now, we are not in Mos Eisley on Tattoine, in a Galaxy far, far away . . .

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

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""Because I have to have Administrator rights because I'm a director of the company!""

Well then, more fool you for granting them to the person. Directors of a company don't have to have Administrator privileges, at any time. They are not in charge of Administrating all of the computers deployed throughout the business. If you were stupid enough to give them Administrator rights, then it is no surprise to me that the company went bust, even if you were otherwise directed to do just that. If, on the other hand, it was some other person who went and did that, then they ought to have been terminated on the spot, regardless of their ranking within the business. Even the MD isn't exempt from that. My experience is that the louder people shout that they NEED Administrator privileges, is that they should under NO circumstances be granted them. End of rant!

Someone defeated the anti-crypto-coin-mining protection for Nvidia's 'gamers only' RTX 3060 ... It was Nvidia

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Re: We Just Can't Have Nice Things

"One way would be to levy a carbon tax on cryptocurrencies."

There's only one problem with that, how do you arrive at a Dollar or Euro value of something that changes from day to day, and then levy the taxation on the number of bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, and then receive the tax levied. It will be extremely difficult, to put it mildly.

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?

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Re: When you say "pants",

"No offence, but I hate you"

Then you'll hate me even more, because over the past 12 months, my waist has shrunk by 2 inches, so now I'm back into 36 inch waists on my suits, trousers and jeans and underwear, and I'm aiming to stay there.

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?

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Re: Just imagine if...

"Once is happenstance.

Twice is coincidence.

Three times is enemy action!"

Said Goldfinger to James Bond.

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify

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Re: You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right?

"When electricity leaks, it doesn't make as much mess as when water leaks". True, true, but when electricity leaks, you are in danger of receiving shocking news, as in it being FATAL.

The curse of knowing a bit about IT: 'Could you just...?' and 'No I haven't changed anything'

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Re: Printers attached to PC's

"she broke EVERY OTHER toy with it :o)"

Would that toy perhaps look something like a hammer?

BTW, I nearly choked, laughing at the quote.

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Re: Printers attached to PC's

Speak for yourself, AC. If I can avoid using Wi-Fi networking, then I do so, even if it means jumping through hoops to get updates for our tablets and smart phones using USB to get updates to them. As for the printer connected to my computer, I only use USB now.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly

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Re: Low IQ or low volition?

The first time that happens, you just switch the printer back on, and leave. The second time it happens, you look to see what is going on around the printer, and a quick check reveals that the user has re-arranged their furniture to suit their requirements. Result: the first time that they open their drawer, the printer gets switched off, accidentally and unnoticed, until they want to print something. If it happens again, you threaten them with disemboweling, or a dawn execution by firing squad, NOT, even if you would like to do that to them. The world is full of users who don't think that they need to learn to do some basic checks when simple things don't work.

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

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Re: Perhaps

Good point. Now that I'm retired from the full time work scene I only check my email once a day. If anyone needs to urgently contact me, then they can call my home or mobile number. Some of the items that come in via email are sometimes important, such as Family History research messages, but they are never urgent enough to require an IMMEDIATE response. Tomorrow will be soon enough.

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

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Re: There is no problem

Ammonium Nitrate on it's own isn't a high explosive, but if there is diesel present with it, it will explode in the presence of a spark, or if another explosive device happens to detonate, such as gelignite.

There are DDoS attacks, then there's this 809 million packet-per-second tsunami Akamai says it just caught

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Re: And the next step...

Really? They just need to secure their computer. Sure, I know that can be difficult in this connected age, but it isn't impossible, just time consuming.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: DIMM Slots

Ah, I remember the saying well. "All this electronic stuff works on smoke!" "Works on smoke?" "Yep, works on smoke!. Have you ever seen anything work once the smoke gets let out?" " Can't say that I do." "There you go, that's proof that it all works on smoke."

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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Re: How to get Colossal Cave installed

You don't need a linux based machine to play Adventure. There has been a MS-DOS and/or Windows command prompt version available for many years. I seem to remember tuning the settings for a single floppy version, something like 25 years ago. It ran much better if it was installed on the C: drive of DOS 3.3, preferably in the C:\Games directory.

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

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RE: thinks she has me on a diet

Show me a dieter, and I'll show you someone who belittles themselves. I'm supposed to be on a diet, but I love my chocolate too much.

I can't believe you've done this: Cisco.com asks visitors to explain to IT why they have broken the website

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Re: The Executive Summary will be fun reading ...

Well, if they still had access, that is wholly Cisco's fault, for leaving live accounts on their servers, after the services of said employees were terminated. I'm only a lowly sysadmin, but I know better than leaving defunct accounts on active servers. Ideally, they should have been removed before the people were told that they were no longer required. That way they can't go back to their desk, and leave assorted nastiness that will cause outages at some indefinite time in the future. It's not as if it takes long to get rid of the accounts.

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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Re: sad mac

That's one of the oldest chestnuts around. Someone once tried it on me, and it took me all of 5 seconds to work it out, and fix it. Our whole class had been shown that when we were doing our PC Technicians course, back in the early 90's.

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Re: We once...

Comes from "2001: A Space Odyssey" when Dave Bowman asked the HAL9000 onboard computer to "Open the Pod Bay Door" in the movie, I think.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

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Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

We had to wear an apron in my 3 years of doing Metalwork at my High School, back in the mid to late 60's. It didn't matter what work we were doing, soldering, using any machinery at all, including the lathes, or the bench drill press, or the shaping machine. Personally, I think that it was a good safety measure, which was the idea behind it.

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: its like the leads at the back of my desk at work.

Don't you know that power, Ethernet, USB and other cables all have a life of their own? They seem to love to get all tangled up, despite all the care that a person takes when connecting the computer and associated peripherals.

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Mini - not really

The Prof must have been a good sport then.

Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Where Do I Find These Lawyers

JamesPond, "I am pretty sure I invented the web", "I think you'll find that neither you or Tim Berners-Lee invented the net". Come on, get your definitions correct. The World Wide Web is not The Internet, it is only one part of the Internet.

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Re: Re: Only the best will do

"and the guy who invented the Internet!". Now, now, no pork pies (lies). The original project that started what is now known as the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, with the establishment of the DARPA network, over 50 years ago. It included places like the Goddard Space Center, and many of the then most powerful known computers in the world.

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In other words, nobody voted for Trump, so he's just a figment of your imagination. Not my problem, as I don't live anywhere within the boundaries of the USA, I hope.

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Re: Just imagine the next case ...

Jason Bloomberg, you're missing the point that even if it was the first email program, doesn't mean that it is the most commonly adopted version of those that are currently available, around the world.

User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

Sounds like one of the old classic ID10T ERROR, or PEBKAC situations, but we can't tell the clients that is the real problem. I dare say that we could invent/build a foolproof PC, but that won't help, as the fools won't be able to use one.

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Re: However, it is hard to find a CRT display now

I have just what you are looking for, sitting in my back shed, an old 21 inch CRT monitor, still in working order, AFAIK. I haven't used it in over a year, and it is heavy. It has a VGA connector, not sure if there is any other more recent than that. Last time that I moved it, it took a good 15 minutes to go less than 50 meters. I had to stop something like 12 times before getting it into the shed. At a guess, it would probably cost more to ship it somewhere than what it is worth??? There's also an old Dell 15 inch monitor down there, that was last used with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. I think that donating them to a Museum would be better than trying to sell them.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: Re: Possible or easy?

Are you sure that is a Windows bug, and not an iPhone feature?

ICO seizes phones and computers in nuisance call scam raids

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RE: the accident in the last three years

Probably some other scammer trying to trick you into a scam about some other scammer. IOW, a recursive scam.

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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RE: There is now.

It's too late now, the disaster has already happened. Very much like the old story "shut the gate, the horse has bolted."

Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Re: It never stops to amaze me...

"Nudity is not."

Since when? I was thoroughly used to seeing it by my mid teens, and that was many years ago.

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Re: William Wallace

"Amber Rudd sounds like it should be a porn name."

Maybe it is already.

That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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I wonder what happens...

when the browser is updated to a new version?

Of course, if we ALWAYS type the url into the address bar, we aren't going to have the problem, but when there is a long string of other text after the '/', that's going to be awkward.

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: Hats off to them...

It does take some balls. It only takes one person with the knowledge to build the computers. All that is needed is the Case, M/B, CPU, RAM, a network cable, a hard drive, and the means to install the O/S. Everything else is already available on the M/B.

Given that the prisoners were already disassembling computers, reversing the process to build them is simple. Getting access to the network switch to do the deed is about the hardest part, or it should have been. That suggests that there was a network physical security failure, and that somebody's posterior should have been very sore from the punishment inflicted.

Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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Re: If you've worked in less salubrious parts of the world...

Dangerous stuff that DDT, even to us hoomans. I'm still using Windows 7, and will until support runs out. If M$ doesn't get its act together by then, I'll use something like 7 or XP without a net connection for the one program that absolutely requires Windows, and everything else that uses an Internet connection will be moved to Linux.

Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Re: Crazy talk in this day and age

You are right about the person being a "Project Mangler". Anyone who ignores the need for a testing phase isn't a Project Manager, even if that is the Title of their position. I wonder how long that person kept going in such a blind way.

Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Entirely predictable

I can't see how it would be a a wonderful revenue opportunity, as that would mean that people who usually fly will no longer fly.

That sounds like a loss of revenue to me.

EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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Re: What information does Win 10 slurp?

Thanks for that link. Just finished running the program, and I simply don't want to believe how much MS was getting off my PC. I'll be regularly checking the settings from now on.

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Re: ... I only use it because there are two programs I use that are not available for Linux.

You might find it easier to run something like WinXP in a VM, and access Claris Works through that. I remember using CW in NT4 Workstation, and I'm reasonably certain that it will run in XP too. All you have to do is to disable networking in the VM, so that XP cannot call home.

Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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RE: but were the films worth watching?

They were porn, so that's your judgement call. If you like porn, the answer is yes, otherwise, no. I hazard a guess that they were better than "Dallas Buyers Club" as a cinematic production.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Ben Tasker Can you hold down the power button

Speak for yourself AC. Having had an old Nissan Bluebird back in the early 90's with fuel problems, I know all about replacing the main jet caused by a filter that was clogged so badly up near the tank that the second filter in the engine compartment was getting wrecked with rubbish making its way to the carby and clogging the jet. After the authorized service and repair agents couldn't fix the problem (twice), and it happened again, and they said that the fuel tank would have to be replaced if it happened again. I barely got out of their yard when it happened again, so I idled the car home, about 3km, and started working on it myself. After I drained all the petrol out of the tank, I then removed the floor of the boot, and found the fuel line with another filter that was full of dirt. Pulled it out, and the other filter, and repaired the carby installed 2 new filters, refilled the tank, and restarted the car after allowing the electric fuel pump to fill the system properly, and all was well. I never went back to the authorized place again.

Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

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Re: Only just this morning...

Sounds just like my keyboard, when the occasional key press doesn't register (for whatever reason).

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I don't know what keyboard you are using, but there is a lot of space between "d" and "i" on my keyboard. I think that a brain fade is much more likely, after all, "mental" is used in both words.

IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

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Re: 3Gbps - Really?!?

That is because there wasn't a DDOS attack. IBM and the Federal government are still using that excuse so that they can cover their collective asses. The real answer is that there was poor planning of how people would be using the census site, and so only "average" values were used, and people were told to get online on :census night" to record the information requested, which resulted in a flood of households all trying to get their information recorded. If you take an extreme view of what happened, you could call it a DDOS, but it was caused by poor planning by the government and IBM, mostly the government.



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