* Posts by Zarno

331 posts • joined 11 Mar 2015


Electron-to-joule conversion formulae? Cute. Welcome to the school of hard knocks

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Re: Fluke logging multimeters

Almost anything made by Keysight.

SpaceX prepares to launch four civilians and a glass dome into space

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Re: yes they are

If I searched that, I'd expect to find something related to a utility spell in D&D.

Off yer bike: Apple warns motorcycles could shake iPhone cameras out of focus forever

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Re: You're holding it wrong!

Once upon a past life I went river rafting with a Motorola candybar in a ziplock style bag.

It got soaked through the heat sealed seam on the side that wasn't able to stand the wiggling in a pocket.

Popped battery out, dried it overnight, still worked fine after that.

I recently switched to a watch with LTE number sharing, and that links to a waterproof bluetooth headset.

Works well for getting a call out on the boat/etc, and the secret agent vibe is strong.

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Re: You're holding it wrong!

If they reduce the weight of the iDevice much more, there will be nothing left to shake.

Won't you think of the innuendos!

Fortnite banana can appear in court naked says judge in Epic vs Apple legal footnote

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I wonder if...

I wonder if there was ever a chance it could end in a split decision?

On that note, full contact court would have been an Epic way to settle this dispute.

Council culture: Software test leads to absurd local planning SNAFU

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RBMK-1000 by chance?

Hopefully not a replica of the ALPR?

Thorium cycle would be handy...

And now for a lovely stroll through NRC reports to nod me off to sleep.

Icon because I'm likely headed for the cogeneration plant incinerator.

Don't like the new Windows 11 Start or Taskbar? Don't worry – Microsoft's got your back

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Re: Tired ? Older hardware ?

I tried using Freecad, didn't work out for me, back to Inventor.

I've heard DraftSight is good, but haven't used it.

Is there a proper linux CAM processor that supports 4 axis milling, and is at feature parity with HSM or Mastercam?

Only very recently has KiCad came close to EAGLE or OrCAD, and we can thank CERN for kicking in much needed dev time.

TunerStudio does have Linux support, but Hondata, mazdaEdit, and a few other packages I use do not.

Magix stuff doesn't work on linux.

I do use open source video/audio editing suites where they make sense in my workflow.

Most of my games don't have linux support, except the original DOOM, DOOM 3, Quake, and a few others.

I ran Borderlands 2 in Linux, but it was a pain dealing with the shim layers back then.

This is all home/personal hobby stuff, so I have full control of the OS and software.

A few years ago (pre windows 10...) I found I was running Linux as a host for a virtual machine running Windows more than anything else, and the open source stuff I liked in Linux ran in Windows without much effort.

That lead to a decision to dual boot Windows/Linux, and keep a linux VM handy for anything that Windows couldn't do easily.

Volkswagen to stop making its best-selling product for Wolfsburg workers: VW-branded sausages

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Eco friendly

So, is the replacement an extruded lump of the old eco-friendly wire insulation?

I will say though, I had some rather good pea protein based brekkie snausage equivalents last year.

Tasted great (proper seasoning mix), mouthfeel was good, and they browned up nicely.

Also had relatively good nutritional values.

They were just blooming expensive, and only went in the cart because there was a BOGOF sale and a close-to-sell-by discount sticker on them.

I'm all for vegetarian food as an option/experience, there are great dishes out there with amazing flavors, but it should be an option that can be chosen, not the only thing available.

Mine's the one with a takeaway menu and a wire supplier pamphlet in the pocket.

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth

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Re: amanfrommars's regular nonsensical ramblings"

Should I keep a 16mm, 8mm, or 35mm camera nearby to get the best shots?

Is it required to throw the camera over my shoulder and say "I'm spent" at the end of the shoot?

How to stop a content filter becoming a career-shortening network component

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Re: fyi

Given her proclivities, poly-phasing might be a thing.

Certainly would get the electricity flowing.

Could be a real live wire.

Many sines and co-sines to deal with, and there's likely more than a few angular relationships.

I'll get my coat.

Perl's Community Affairs Team chair quits as org put on ice by code language's foundation

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Re: Lack of originality in curse words.

Well, more like it's a folding canvas camping chair, not a lawn chair.

Comfier than the hard plastic one, and more ergonomic than a half-padded wheelie chair that puts me at the wrong height under the card table.

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Re: Lack of originality in curse words.

Note to self, jokes about using creative language need the joke icon.

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Lack of originality in curse words.

Maybe I'm a bit old, but I saw the language and handle the one sanctioned person used in that tweet, and instantly thought "I wouldn't want to work with that one..."

Why would you casually drop such overused swears online where anyone can see them?

It's embarrassing.

At least bring up some fun and imaginative stuff, like "I really wombatulated the koala when I upset...".

There's also something supremely satisfying in telling someone to extract their dome from their cloaca, instead of using the tired old alternative.

I'm already coding in a lawn chair out on the shop floor, now I just need a digital lawn to tell people to get off of.

Breaking Bad or just a bad breakpoint? That feeling when your predecessor is BASIC

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Re: Someone elses

"until the PA is called upon to drag him away to do something more productive... like .. sit in this wood chipper until I switch it on.."

Stealing that one.

A pint of your favorite on a friday!

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it

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Spatter shields deployed.

I got to marmite, let out a hoot of laughter, and nearly covered my M13 in Code Red.

Now to continue with the rest of the reading, safely not drinking anything.


Oh my. Oh my my my... What an ending.

Be careful what you inline: Defunct video-hosting domain used to inject smut flicks into news articles, more

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Someone is going to get an utter bollocking someplace for it.

Not quite as bad as when the local newspaper website's malware merchant advertising partner was serving up cryptolocker and it infected the local government network...

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update

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Re: Same old windows 10

We have an unwritten rule: "No windows updates, software updates, or updates of any kind in the middle of a project or commissioning trip, till it's finished."

Hard(er) to do with windows 10, but Xeon processors requiring the "Pro Workstation" variant, and having a domain controller/domain, mean we can stop the automagic updates with a local group policy object, at least for now.

Still a pucker moment when Studio 5000 and windows both update simultaneously.

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive

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Re: Only trout ?

Catapults only pair well with Coyotes, or at least that's what I've been lead to believe by the fine folks at ACME.

Icon because somehow, someway, it all ends in explosions.

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means

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Re: Always sanitise iPads before use

"...Sir, may I advise against the lady eating clam chowder?"

First thing I thought of.

Along with "cream of mushroom soup".

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Re: Easy way out

Then have flowers delivered to the CEO's side candy, addressed from the user, thanking them for "Continued discretion in these most trying times.".

Maybe a nice vase of fire lilies...

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Re: A few years ago ...

I'd guess "Dean of Student Services" and maybe "Dean of Fine Arts and Filmography."

South Korean uni installs lavatory that pays out when you spend a penny

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I wonder....

I wonder if I could train the local Canadian Geese to use the loo, and what the payout would be...

People have done it with cats after all.

BOFH: Where there is darkness, let there be a light

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Re: Hang on.. its monday

Denatonium benzoate.

Can be found in most air-duster as an anti-inhalation additive.

Quite the interesting thing to get on ones fingers after spraying out a chassis.

The other oddball fun fact is loctite 243, 242, and 518 use an artificial sweetener as a thickening agent.

I have no idea why you had a keyboard covered with capsaicin/piperine though. :)

I'll get my coat. It's the lab one with the rubber gloves in the pocket.

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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Re: An excellent contact page

"// devil icon, but no angel icon?"

That's not a devil, that's a Daemon.

Sticking to that story. :)

Android devs prepare to hand over app-signing keys to Google from August

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Re: Customer Unification and Networking Team at it again

I'm thinking both are part of "Technology Wise Advanced Threat Watch And Future Fulfillment Legal Enforcement Services"

Stop. Look... Install Linux? The Reg solves Microsoft's latest Windows teaser

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Re: wishes...

To this day I can not understand how a law firm, county court, etc can use windows with the telemetry.

And no, most law firms/independent lawyers/county offices do not shell out for the Enterprise version where you can cut telemetry off. It's well outside a normal operations budget unless you meet the minimum seat requirements.

That may have changed recently, but it was like that around the transition from 7 to 10.

Mysterious ‘security update’ to Google Drive cloud storage locker will break links to some files

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A bit opaque on the delivery email.

I got the email for my secondary site warning about this, and all it had was the following:


Dear Google Workspace Administrator,

You have an important notification from Google Operations that requires your attention.


The Google Operations Team

<footer snipped>


With a big button to "go to alert center" that had a 200+ character URL.

Needless to say, seemed sketchy as all getout.

I didn't click the button, but did check for alerts after separately logging into the control panel.

The actual change doesn't affect me much, thankfully...

Pub landlords on notice as 'Internet of Beer' firm not only pulls pints, but can also clean the lines

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Re: draft beer line cleaning process

Not sure, the RFC was lost after an incident involving IPOAC.

I looked, there's no beer related RFC's...

Updating in production, like a boss

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"I'll only put it in a little bit"

I'm immediately thinking of an arc flash from a 1.5KV electrical cabinet when someone stuffs the ammeter probes across two legs.

Icon because, well, that's the result usually.

Space Force turtle expert uncovers $1.2m Cape Canaveral cocaine haul

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Re: Naughty 45th Civil Engineer Squadron

You jest, but there have been cases where buyers have reported lost/not delivered/counterfeit/adulterated product to the plod.

And there were also cases where the plod has advertised "Surrender anything illegal, no repercussions, amnesty and all that, one day only!", and I can't help but wonder what happens when someone comes early/late to drop off.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

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Re: Welcome to the 'Zuck' Machine

"Eat this Zuck [see icon]"

His dense ego would likely act as a neutron poison

and kill the reaction... :/

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

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Re: The light..

I know that some energy efficient LED lights can "ghost" with those style switches.

They can also give a bit of a zap if you expect no power at the fixture end when the switch is off.

EDIT: Yay, redundant reply on my end.

I must check all replies before replying, I must check all replies before replying, I must check all replies before replying....

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Re: The knob......

That always works, till some waffle scarfing bugger gets in good with facilities, and has them override a 68°F +-1°F temp controlled area to 75°F because they're cold.

Threw every damn calibration out the flipping window...

When there was a complaint made that $$$$$ equipment was at risk, it was set back, but then the strategic ice packs on the temp sensors started.

So glad to be out of that mess.

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Re: The light..

I have dealt with those...

You had the luxury of a display though, I remember one bit of doohicky that had a single button+LED and that was that.

So infuriating that I purged memory of exactly what it was, but it may have been an ESC or something related to automotive remote starters.

Icon because that's what those interfaces should be killed with.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

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Re: My first gig

I raise you the "back end computer" from a pizza shop.

Stopped going to that one because there was no way that I was eating pizza stretched on hands that created that browser history and folder structure.

Professionally repaired it, made no mention of the history/favorites, left the cache of pics, and never returned.

Shame, because it was pretty good pie for a reasonable price.

Mine is the one with Purell in the pocket back before everyone had a bottle.

NTT slashes top execs’ pay as punishment for paying more than their share of $500-a-head meals with government officials

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Re: Shed a tear over curry

GNU Lester Haines

He's on the Clacks forever.

Whatever you've been doing during lockdown, you better stop it right now

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Re: "Stinky microwave lunch"

At a previous employer, someone once cooked off something that smelled like a used baby nappy.

Not exactly sure what it was, but that microwave had to be removed by the canteen vendor and replaced shortly afterwards.

I retaliated with a limburger, mustard, and onion sandwich on rye bread.

Got a table all to myself that day.

There were also the fridge pirates.

Coworker saw someone root through the fridge, grab his (opened!) drink, stare at it, take a swig, then put it back.

Put me right off using the shared break room.

Icon because you sometimes have to do an orbital strike to get rid of the smell.

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Why am I not surprised?

Why am I not surprised there's a "NSFWEIYSWFH" link.

To quote a comic I read...

"It's... a button.

Crimson red, round, smooth, shiny, pulsating-with-life button.

Freakin' HUGEST button I HAVE EVER EVER seen in my whole sad life, and probably will EVER see."


And the follow-up 5 years later.


It was a tossup between the nuke icon and the daemon icon, but the nuke icon won, because it's the most likely outcome of a big red button.

But not in the case of that comic.

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law

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Re: Your order.

You might like reading "The Feedback Loop" by Harmon Cooper, there's a lovely part in the series where the main character gets saddled with an AI "FDA monitor" that gives him direct advice about what to and not to eat...

He decides that pancakes, bacon, and syrup beat "gerbil chow" any day, much to said AI's consternation.

There's also the British assassin team, sacks of doorknobs, a dashboard hula girl and a blender, and much other improvised weaponry...

Mine's the one with the copy of the box set that I really should re-read one of these days.

That thing you were utterly sure would never happen? Yeah, well, guess what …

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Re: Ah, will you not have a cup of tea father...

My go-to prefixes for things and kludges that go bump in the night and never should exit are variations on "Nuke". Such as "NukeMeNow", "Nuke_After(x)Days", etc.

Relatively tame, and not the same clenchable as "Dirty_Blooming_Hack" or "Total Inability To Just Operate Beautifully" if it squeaks out into the world.

I must admit, I've had a few slip through when I've handed a project over and forgot I wouldn't be the one finishing it.

Icon because I'll be admiring the fusing ball of hydrogen in a few hours.

Three thousand sea birds abandon nests amid nature reserve drone crash hullabaloo

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Black Helicopters

A friend and I had to shut down a business startup that was working on UAV software/hardware for VTOL because the drone/UAV licensing requirements for a business, and the insurance required, went well outside what a two man team could afford.

We couldn't do the old "register it to one partner" thing because then that person would be required to have all the liability/insurance, and be present at every flight. To say nothing of having multiple prototypes eventually...

As always, it's the ones that try be safe, stay inside the 400 foot flight ceiling, obey the line of sight requirements, and stick to the letter of it all that will get hit.

ID-10-T_s will still get their cheap thrills racing in restricted airspace, clipping powerlines, and getting that awesome "follow me" video while unicycling backwards down a highway.

Icon for the octoquad test mule that didn't fly much.

BOFH: I'm so pleased to be on the call, Boss. No, of course this isn't a recording

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Re: The boss

"Although after reading the bit about Dave retiring, I now have to explain how a machine less than 14 days old has a keyboard that looks like its been in use 14 years......."

I'd go with "Localized environmental aqueous ingression testing and product accelerated lifecycle simulation."

Beer, for all the phones and laptops that have had a drink before us.

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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"Every major video game publisher"

That's more what I've seen.

The number of typos in printed material are going up too.

And it's weird stuff, like viscera being swapped to vitriol...

And don't get me started on the improper usage of inflammable in some literature...

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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Re: Time for a rebrand

I saw that too, apparently it's now a mobile game???!!!

They're really digging back into the bowels of the archives.

Makes me feel old when I know of the originals that are "Brand New and Never Before Used (this way) Before!" after someone looks for more cash down the boardroom black leather sofa.

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Re: The policy euphemism

Tyler, is that you? Marla is on the blower, talking about her new squeeze Mr. Lee...

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

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Or go to the dark side, and use BSD.

Icon because closest thing to a BSD Daemon in the arsenal.

And yes, I did double post just to get the icons right.

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Birds like to eat apples, so might as well give in to the birds and use Linux.

Man found dead inside model dinosaur after climbing in to retrieve phone

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Not really a joking matter, but here I go.

Anyone remember the scene from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls with the rhino?

That's the first thing that came to mind.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends

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Re: not plugged in

This is why I now use IEC locking cords for mission critical kit.

They're not terribly more expensive, and they're for sure cheaper than downtime.

But zero protection from some idjit (swear it's not me m8...) yoinking something a few feet across a desk when they catch the cord...



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