* Posts by wallaby

243 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Feb 2015


Google will delete data collected from 'private' browsing


Re: Still misleading

"Ahhh, you visit www.bigandbouncy.com too!"

its my website - keep up the visits

Want to keep Windows 10 secure? This is how much Microsoft will charge you


Re: Be careful what you wish for....

Once again, a story about Windows gets hijacked by Penguinistas

simple fact is - I've been hearing for what seems like aeons that it's the year of Linux on the desktop...... and yet still we are waiting, and will wait, and will wait.


WTF? Potty-mouthed intern's obscene error message mostly amused manager


In the 80s I worked for BAe at its Woodford plant - there we were converting Nimrods into the ill fated AEW (airborne early warning)

The main external features of this were a large bulbous nose and and elongated rear fuselage with a large radome at the rear - known colloquially as the dildo

Friday afternoons we used to have school trips taken round the factory by apprentices, one day I was working away when a group of 11 / 12 year olds were walking past accompanied by an apprentice called Martin. to my horror (and that of the teachers present) he pointed to the rear end and said this is where we mate the dildo with the hole at the back.

I asked him later if he knew what a dildo was - never seen someone go quite so red.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed


Re: When did Windows turn into Linux?

Also doesn't help when some of the mods are penguin fanbois

I posted a joke about Linus once and it was taken down almost immediately, yet you can extract the urine about Gates / Satnav etc etc and ne're so much a sideways glance. Shows a partisan approach to moderation methinks (setting timer to see how long this one stays posted).

Ministry of Defence tells contractors not to answer certain UK census questions over security fears


When I worked at BAe one of the guys there put "Aeronautical pneumatic extraction engineer" as his title, he was the guy who vacuumed up all the swarf the rest of us were making whilst drilling.

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


Nearly got busted

I was working at a large (not so now) aircraft manuf through the 80s and into the 90s

The network at the site I was based at was token ring. I had a store \ build lab where I used to hide away most of the day, in there I set up 2 PCs with network doom which we usually played after hours. One boring afternoon myself and the PFY decided to have a deathmatch, fired up the PCs and started playing. 10 mins later we get a panicked call from the help desk, something was flooding the network with IPX packets and they had had complaints that things were running slowly... realising it was us I said Id fire up my network diags and hunt the culprit down. Needless to say I sorted the problem but totally failed to find the offenders and hand them over.

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud


Re: Cloud.

"Some of us have been saying this for years.

I see some MS tool downvoted you."

Its not about MS or anything else other than who could have forseen circumstances like we have at the moment which is ripping up the growth predictions.

so yes, downvotes - shame only can do one

Will that old Vulcan's engines run? Bluebird jet boat team turn to Cold War bomber


Re: Looks knackered

When we were sent to steal parts from all the Vulcans in 82 to convert those still airworthy into tankers for the Falklands "conflict", some of them were in a pretty shoddy state then and that was only after a short time out of service - its amazing how these old kites degrade when they aren't being looked after.

One of the happiest days of my life was stowing away in the bomb aimers seat for a test flight, even after 36 hours on duty without a break.

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?


Tinfoil hats aisle 2


Re: The Borg

Come to Linux, Love Linux...… but not you !!!!!

Open pfft !!!!

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers


Re: "the cost of which would be automatically taken from their wages"

I worked at a place where they had a 45 minute lunch break which was reduced to 42 minutes.

The reason for this was there was a bus which left outside the factory at dead on the time the shift was set to finish so the union fought for an earlier finish so they staff could catch the bus - they got 3 minutes earlier but it had to come from somewhere.

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames


Fight I say

Our robot overlords don't look so tough now !!!!!!

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss


Re: And in another project...

"... MS engineers replacing the Windows kernel with something a bit more reliable and ending in *NIX?"


Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane


CBD is totally legal, its the level of THC present (and there is always some there ) that defines its legal or otherwise state. I believe if it has in excess of 0.2% THC content it falls foul of the law.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger


Re: Had it the other way around...

With no Netware experience I was sent to a certain nuclear plant to perform Y2K checks on their servers. I explained the checks to the onsite guy who they allocated to babysit me until my security clearance came through and he showed me how to do them on the Netware servers which were labelled up primary, secondary and tertiary. Secondary and tertiary were critical but wouldn't cause a big stink if they failed - primary would result in a meltdown. Dec 31st 1999 I was searching for iodine pills and planning a route to a remote mine in Wales just in case.

Every single test I did (and there were hundreds) resulted in the same set of data. To save myself time I copied the first set and pasted them one for each server - only problem was there was a spelling mistake on one of the tests and they noticed it repeated for every platform I tested. It was a hard slog trying to convince them I'd actually done the tests and had to produce my original hand written results in full before they would believe me.

Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register


Re: Conditioning.

"If there comes concrete evidence that a Windows Update broke something (like a a life-support machine)"

And medical and laboratory equipment is setup by default to not update

So if it did then it is clearly the fault of the manuf or the person installing it.


Re: Conditioning.


Have one from me - succinctly put

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


Re: Lets Get Real

"The UK does not have a statute of limitations for most criminal offences, although it does for minor offences like speeding."

Speeding does not constitute a criminal offence in UK law. The non payment of fines resulting from the offence can

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one


Re: Microsoft use a lot of glue

The argument that because glue is used the aircraft are suddenly more disposable is facile

Simple fact is aircraft become more and more efficient every iteration, airlines will do whatever they can to gain a few extra nautical miles for the same poundage of fuel.


Re: Microsoft use a lot of glue

You cant comment on quality because they use glue,

For many years now glue has been a major component on civil and military aircraft

Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch


Re: A powerful sense of dread

Advanced technology PMSL

"They" are people who (in a forum which has nothing whatsoever to do with Linux), insist in posting about what version or mint (other Linux variants are available) they have.

And scared of Linux - I use both windows and Linux FYI - each as their place

(advance technology my rear).


Re: A powerful sense of dread

"So no wonder I spend 80% of my computer time on my efficient little refurbed ThinkPad T450 running Linux Mint."

they just cant help themselves can they


Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down


Re: How can I put this?


Are you BombasticsBobs evil twin?"

that's.... BombasticBob isn't it ? The evil part is the one who WRITES IN CAPS every few words

It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m


Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

"for THAT! MUCH! they could have RE!-WRITTEN! every windows-only application to RUN! ON! LINUX! and *THEN* switched EVERYTHING over to Linux, and would have had MONEY LEFT OVER afterwards."

Bob, that much money wouldn't have made an ounce of difference.

I work in a clinical environment, a lot of the laboratory instruments I support are old - but they still work.

The majority of them are XP, with a smattering of Win7, Win10, W95, WFWG, W98, DOS

to bring those up to modern standards would necessitate the purchase of brand new instruments, some costing northwards of £600K. The failure at the NHS IMHO was in not separating those devices with elderly O\S's into VLans and protecting them from the big wide world as we have done.

Its not just the cost of buying the things, its the qualification, training and everything else you need to add on to it as well.

And an FYI - out of nearly 1000 instruments, only 1 is Linux and we keep that well away from our networks, oh, there's an android one too but we don't talk about that

Actual history ....... not in a clinical environment.


Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

"So you call up scanner company and say "How much do you need from us to build a Linux version, or fix the windows version to run reliably under Wine" ?"

You try getting a GPIB card to run under wine

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Why even touch user folders?

"Instead of copying everyone's files to give to the NSA they accidentally cut them. The fix is identify which files are yours and give you a copy back.

</Smug penguin>"

To use a previous users post with a small modification:-

If this was a story about a failure at Linux then your post would have merit. As it is it's just infantile.

30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black


I was at Space Camp watching the first launch after the twin towers went down (couldn't get any closer), when the main engines ignited every cell in my body was instantly vibrating - that and the instant daylight it created were awe inspiring.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)


Re: 'Figuratively trace your digital steps and find what you were looking for'

"More like 'trace your digital steps and find what Microsoft was looking for'.... Tracking how you use your phone to try and stay relevant. Microsoft boss: 'Privacy is a human right' - My A$$!"

Tin hats available in aisle 2


Re: "there isn’t a lot in it"

"Is your wife self-employed, a contractor or similar? Otherwise, why is it your problem?"

Agreed, in most companies letting the employees partner (or anyone outside the company) mess about with how the PC is set up is grounds for a disciplinary, in some companies switching off updates where a PC doesn't receive a security update could be construed as gross misconduct.

Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England


Re: And not that far away...

A friend of mine used to live in Glyndyfrdwy, used to love being over there and watching all the steam trains whiz past the bottom of his garden.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store


"Try as I might, I simply can't conceive of any circumstance when I would want to do this."

Then why comment ?

If something isn't for me I keep quiet - many out there will have a tinker with this, many wont.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum


Re: designed entirely BY computer

Falklands seems like yesterday, 36 hour shifts converting Vulcans into flight refueling platforms

Still got my tie somewhere - I guess if my ex boss is alive he will still have his OBE


Re: 777?

Never flew on a comet but I did a few times on the Nimrod variant which I worked on at BAe Woodford, such a shame to see them take chainsaws to them the other year - I fitted the flight refueling probe to many of them.

Dan Dare used to fly the first HS 748 for many years (G-ARAY).Gary was housed in the back sheds at Manchester airport.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers


Re: Eroding end user choice and control

Again I see people bemoaning user choice being eroded - the simple fact is lots are still choosing Microsoft products - you cant argue for choice then whinge when people don't choose what you want them to.


Re: Testing

"Using telemetry to see which users goof off all day on buzzfeed and flag them as the first to get the updates"

Tinfoil hats in aisle 2


HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline


"TV Licensing is run by Capita; 'nuff said."

And we are forced by our government to use them or face a fine !!!!

The joys of privatisation

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone


Re: Java

"I have found a link on the current status of Java dependency in LO and it seems very little"

"Very little" - so it does


Re: There is no market for free software

"My apologies, it wasn't me last week but point taken. I will not even start on Linux v Windows, ever!"

wish the penguinistas would take that view

Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him


Re: Lost it

"Bashing Microsoft is never tedious, a lot of us can not get enough of it."

I'll change that to "Sad" then instead of tedious

some people should go out and get themselves a life


Re: Lost it

"He would probably earned more money from Microsoft's criminal activities if he'd only waited."


ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


Re: @Steve K

"+ Oric-1/Atmos"

still got my Oric 1 (it still works but I don't have a working tape player to load anything with), alas my Atmos disappeared long ago

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows


Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

"This isn't about what's best, it's about who has the biggest brown envelope fund."

accusing the public officials who made the decision of taking bribes there ????????

Citation (relevant to this) needed - or a retraction


Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

I remember from years gone by

Linux aficionados saying it should be about choice

They chose - get over it

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure


"So... a Dyson?"

No more mains powered ones being made, imagine the number of recharges needed - impractical IMHO

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today


Re: Memories

I have 3 out there I have to look after, still going strong, hardest part if finding spares for the PC's

managed to virtualise some of the instruments that use Ethernet or USB connections, the ones with bespoke cards are the issue


Re: Memories

"At least some of the Greybeards here, must remember the battles that arose from IRQ confilicts..."

remember them !!

I was having one with a Win98 install last year - a 15 year old GC (that's gas chromatograph) that only runs with software written for Win 98. The card causing me all the problems had memory settings set by dip switches on the board.

Hardest part wasn't getting it working, it was getting my brain remembering to remember what id not done in so many years.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana


Re: micro$oft despises me as much as I despise them, they despise all of us.

as soon as I see micro$oft I expect the ire rather than reasoned argument - and it comes


"Try Linux. Once I did, I never looked back "


Was this article about Linux or MS?????

Once again it has been hijacked by the penguins

they are like some nasty disease, out they come again


NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry


Re: Valuable comments

"The root problem is the ubiquitous use of Microsoft Windows in medical devices connected to the Internet."

Wrong !!!!

wouldn't matter what the product is (but get your Microsoft bash in anyway)- ALL medical products are exempted from updates regardless of the OS - a change to a simple DLL file (or similar) could change the way an algorithm works and could at worst case kill somebody.

ALL such devices should be off a network which has connections to the internet, USB ports should be locked down, and if sharing the same switches etc. locked down VLans should be used. 90% of the 1000 + PCs I look after are patched to the installation date and never updated afterwards - we keep them away from the wild for this very reason. Simple to say update the kit but when a replacement instrument can cost £600k +, and the one you have works perfectly well......

Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip


Re: re: and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend.

"Does MS think we are blathering idiots...?"

many do

tinfoil hats 2 for one in aisle 2