* Posts by oomwat

32 posts • joined 17 Sep 2014

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Get sweaty!

I was told by a groundsman that the best way to get foxes to move house is to go out and do some gardening ... get really sweaty in an old t-shirt ... then do it again the next day in the same t-shirt (NB: do not wash the shirt) - keep doing that for a week or two until the shirt is REALLY stinky!!!

Then cut it up into little squares, keep them in a plastic bag to preserve their 'freshness' and then scatter a few around the areas you don't want the foxes to be.

They know to avoid humans, so having little stinky pheremone bombs littered about will likely spook them and they will stay away.

Refresh your sites after it's rained to keep coverage going.

Bulb smart meters in England wake up from comas miraculously speaking fluent Welsh


"unhelpful even for many residents of Wales"

Is your real name Boris by any chance?

Unfounded comments like this are both unhelpful and hurtful to the very large numbers of Welsh speakers both in Wales and around the world.

Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for El Reg


Someone please contact the ministry...

The Ministry of Silly Walks of course ;)

Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes


May be a long wait ;)

I note that they don't show it compiling anything at any point!

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping



Ey up they missed chance to say I'm on t'boat

Atlassian wants you to put all your eggs in one Bitbucket and beyond


This is just a licensing bundle for those companies that actually want the full stack - it's highly unlikely that a smaller company will want Crowd since they can just point their apps at JIRA for centralised auth - this works well at lower user numbers, you only really need Crowd when you're fronting large LDAP trees, which will only happen in large organisations.

TL:DR - smaller organisations can just buy the licenses they need separately.

Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report


Charging for ad-blockers?

Great way to get people to switch browsers .... whoever came up with that one probably works for Mozilla on the sly :)

Sencha packages web UI widgets for enterprise React devs


ExtJS still exists ... oh the horror!

Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building



Cmon, now that's gotta be just a little funny!

PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life


That gives life a fighting chance to form.

Was that it ... the only change ... I'm still intrigued as to why this got withdrawn ... and why it disappeared in such a visible way.

Serious minds and all that ....

This story is no more


Cache FTW


100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again


copy pasted from sicipedia ... sic "thus"; in full: sic erat scriptum, "thus was it written"

Reign in this case is written with the sic suffix because it's the wrong word to use ... a bit like when someone writes 'bare with me' ... it sounds the same but it's just wrong!


UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband


Re: 5, 6, 7, 8G...

I live behind a hill and inside a 200yo house with 3 foot thick stone walls ... I'm lucky if I can get a 2G signal.


Re: Availabilty vs cost

It took them almost a year to enable my cabinet, and then they told me I couldn't have FTTC anyway because my line is too long from the cabinet - instead I can get 'Faster Internet' which means maybe 12 Mbps - great!

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?



Not only because it looks cool, but you could program in some amazing tricks!

Hull's City of Culture firework freebie flares up


Black Rock City (of Hull)

Yeah, queueing websites worked out really well for Burning Man ... perhaps Hull should follow their lead and go with a lottery instead :D

After baffling Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX screams: Hands off our probe!


Re: Giant explosions & Rocket Launches.

"The potential for cover ups or plain un-audited mistakes for self investigation is too high."

I disagree with that completely ... if SpaceX does not discover the root cause for the explosion then nobody will have confidence enough in them to let them launch their satellites ... so it's in their interests to be completely thorough and transparent about their findings.

Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt



I have a Sun Microsystems Java FX tee somewhere ... although I did hear that FX is still inexplicably doing the rounds.

Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report


Re: Can you switcj on/off via the keypad?

Pay your electricity supplier £70 to install a master switch before the CU, then you can switch your power off at will without endangering yourself - that's what I did.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS



If ZFS support is implemented as an 'application' which downloads the source and then compiles it in, then that shouldn't break the GPL ... I've not looked, so I could be wrong, but that'd be the way I'd do it.

Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement



Yes it's a bit of a mouthful, and quite atrocious!

Millionaire staffers pop corks at Atlassian as Oz biz raises $462m


Not champagne

Knowing the Atlassians, it will have been beer, or maybe martinis rather than champagne :D

Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …


Can we have a popcorn icon please?

El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day


Marty Luwak

Marty: Why is your coffee green?

Marty Sr: I made this coffee myself - first I ate the beans, then I used a sieve to retrieve them - that's why it has the greenish tint.

This time we really are all doomed, famous doomsayer prof says


Bee poo?

If we rely on bees to fertilise our crops, then we deserve to become extinct!

Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN


Re: BoS too

Sounds like they could use your help :D

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review


The damage is already done!

Try a google search for 'Broadway Hotel Blackpool' ... they're pretty much done-for really :)

The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose


Grammar troll

I know you're trolling, but the grammar is too strong!

Gaming gasm UK: Rubbing shoulders with LEGENDS and newbies


No Elite:Dangerous?

Surely you can't have missed E:D ?

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!


Re: HealthKit

Perhaps that's because the initial implementation was a bit Heath-Robinson, hence it being pulled :D

Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH


Sellafield is fundamentally different

Just thought I'd mention that Sellafield/Windscale/Seascale is fundamentally different to other nuclear sites in the UK as it's involved in reprocessing of spent fuel ... comparisons between it and other UK nuclear sites are not valid.


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