* Posts by Ken Moorhouse

2151 posts • joined 26 Jul 2007

Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB

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EMBRACE the 15Gb we give you

Now we're going to EXTEND that to 100Gb, especially for you!

(Check back here for future instalments of this exciting story).

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Re: Looks blurry as hell.

This is what is known as an infinite loop:-

Execute commands in any order:-

1. Have beer

2. Make typos.

3. Get errors which are difficult to read.

At some point you will get a Stack Error, which means you will need to replenish the Beer Stack.

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...and Signature (for supported file types)

This perturbs me. What does this do, over and above what Default does?

Is it to provide string searching facilities within the lost file? Which could raise privacy issues.

Hopefully it does not fire up the associated application and load the recovered file into it, which could be disastrous.

I remember Netware's Filer utility, great life-saver. Sometimes behind the scenes applications delete and rebuild files many times over though, which meant having to know which of a thousand files all with the same filename is the one that's needed.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: He managed to spill ... liquid nitrogen right into the top of his left boot

Brings a whole new meaning to the term bootstrap.

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Re: It would chew through anything, often live 240v mains, which never did it any harm at all.

It was a phase it was going through.

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Re: the dog would start howling

Hmmm. Schoenberg apparently was a dog-lover. How did the dog distinguish whether his master was playing well, or badly? Or maybe he spent long periods in the swimming pool.

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Re: Guinea pigs and some tropical fish

I think this is a classic, and rather tragic, case of Worst Case Scenario.


I also had a client with guinea pigs with a similar attraction to, thankfully, low-power cabling. When are they going to rename the little blighters Libra Solidus Porcellus?

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire

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I can just see a crowdfunding page being setup...

It would be called helptobuy our domain name back.


Maybe the reason they ignored the renewals was because they were getting confused with renewing their .uk domain which they'd never bought in the first place.

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Re:How would you like to be shafted today...?

We have these purple leather handcuffs... Simply put them on and press the Update Now button. Hours of torment await you...

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Maybe the reason was due to their unreliable opening hours

You'd just get inside and then, without any warning, they'd suddenly close the place down for an indeterminate period.

When they did let you back in the staff would be too busy doing things like rearranging the displays to the way they were beforehand. If you did try to buy something none of the receipt printers would work.

Now that's a train delay Upminster with which London travellers shall not put

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Re: If it's the same for the tube as it is for overground,

Two possibilities that spring to mind for the Upminster fiasco. Either the linked-list that the track circuit the train is currently sitting on has a data error on its "transit time", or the train is leaving the station and has not yet caused the entry signifying its presence to be struck off the train queue. With overground signalling this can be possible - the starter signal may turn red after the last carriage has fully departed because traditionally the guard travelled in the back carriage and would check that the signalman had not flagged an emergency stop for some reason. Some old LT train describers would delete trains off the train queue in the moment when the trainstop was down (safe to go) and the signal was red: a momentary situation, but one that was often used. So why the large number of minutes? In the system designed, that might(?) represent minus one minutes, they've simply ignored the signed nature of the integer (I can imagine someone saying it's impossible to have minus one minutes, so lets's not bother checking for it). I'm pretty sure these things have moved on a lot since I worked for them (I think independent proximity detectors are often used now, which cut out a lot of cabling and relay contacts).

I'm not familiar with the signalling at Gunnersbury to say for sure, as it was not under LT control when I worked for them.


In other news "they" have fixed the problem on the Queens Park to Harrow & Wealdstone stretch of the Bakerloo line where the next southbound station after Queens Park on the Bakerloo line was announced as Elephant & Castle, whereas on the overground Kilburn High Road and South Hampstead were deemed important enough to be mentioned.

The fix now is to say, I think, "all stations to <terminus>"

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree

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Re: I don't expect many people to ever read this due to the timing

Everyone who contributed to the thread will have it flagged up on their post list. It is always interesting to hear these stories.

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Re: No love for CORAL 66?

My first serious programs were written in CORAL 66, running on GEC4080 series minis. Located at the Cobourg Street control centre, these were used to monitor the Northern and Victoria lines and provide train descriptions for the lines to the public via the dot matrix signs now seen everywhere.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'

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Re: we were being held at the stop to help TFL synchronise the route.

The usual message is about evening out the gaps in the service.

The interesting one is (or used to be) Hyde Park Corner Eastbound on the Piccadilly Line, which had a thing called Balanced Headway. You'd frequently get a red signal there for quite a while and you'd get the occasional curious passenger asking the driver "why are we waiting here?" The answer was that "We're waiting for a train behind to 'drop on'." The idea was that the number of trains a certain distance behind that train must be greater than or equal to the number ahead of it in order for the train to proceed.

The shortcoming of the scheme was the limited visible counting 'horizon' the system had, it was all done using relays and long cables. With the advent of computer control it was possible to not only increase that horizon, but look at other factors too, such as trains approaching a converging junction in order to aggregate the timings.

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Re: Apparently the Waterstones is moving.

Cunning marketing ploy by Waterstones: Open a shop right by a bus stop well-known for long wait times. It's moving is it? The bus service must have improved.

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Re: 65 bus route

Who remembers the Petersham Hole? We're going back to 1979 here when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Eh, no the dinosaurs came later.


No matter, you had to get off the 65 at one side of the Hole, walk around it and catch another 65 at the other side.

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Were they the result of Spam?

If so, you can't have them on a bus that travels through Ham.

There's no accounting for TITSUP*: Beancounters bemoan Sage cloudy sync software outage

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Re: You go to The Cloud (TM), obviously.

Tut tut. That sounds like an uncharacteristically unguarded comment from you Pascal.

Let's start again:

"What if you're a small company and can't afford [..] your own infrastructure"

Cost of a pc? Cost of a low-cost accounts package?

You need MTD? Hmm, not such a small company then, after all, but I've seen low-cost solutions that will be acceptable even for phase 2 of HMRC's rollout of MTD.

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API

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Re: £108m

Maybe some kind of euphemism for We've won, oh wait.

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Re: it found four different printers, by three manufacturers, in our building

So long as the payslips don't start issuing forth from the warehouse dot matrix.

Microsoft snubs Service Fabric as it plots to switch Teams infrastructure to Kubernetes

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Re: the 3 dots to indicate the other person is typing

Their lipses moving...

Gulp! Irish Water outsources contact centres to Capita for up to €27m over 7 years

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Re: Irish Water

One thing is certain. The Irish are passionate about their water... (controversial I know, but one of my favourite Christy Moore songs).

When apples still grow in September when blossoms still bloom on each tree

When leaves are still green in November it’s then that our land will be free

I wander her hills and her valleys and still through my sorrow I see

A land that has never known freedom, only her rivers run free

I drink to the death of her manhood, those men who would rather have died

Than to live in the cold chains of bondage to bring back their rights were denied

Where are you now when we need you, what burns where the flame used to be?

Are you gone like the snows of last winter will only our rivers run free

How sweet is life but we’re crying how mellow the wine that were dry

How fragrant the rose but its dying how gentle the wind but it sighs

What good is youth when its ageing what joy is in eyes that can see?

There is sorrow in sunshine and flowers and only our rivers run free.

(Att: M MacConnell)

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Re: I know, I know, England is a country and the U.K. is a state,

Don't you mean...

England is a country and the U.K. is IN a state,

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Irish Water

Diageo would have won if they'd tendered.

They seem to have the knack of how best to manage other essential Irish resources.


Upvote = I'll drink to that.

Downvote = I work for Capita

(Disclaimer: I am a non-drinker)

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students

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Re: clicking the "I am a student" checkbox

IIRC they do require proof, and as one wouldn't have access to Photoshop* to fudge the evidence they can be more confident that one is a genuine student.

* Otherwise one wouldn't be bothering to go through the hoops, would one?

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Sir, Sir, ...

Adobe Ate My Homework.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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Re: Tomatoes are a fruit too ya'know.

If tomatoes could write CV's you would be checking their social media accounts to see if they were making it all up.

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Re: Five Guys

You know that they've got to change their name in line with social-distancing rrules...


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He ordered the set meal

If he'd ordered à la carte there would have been no problem.

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft

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...you kindly share diagnostic data through our secure in-browser feedback tool...

Hang on a minute... we've already told you we don't want to use Edge, now you're telling us to use it.

Enterprises slam pause button on data centre spending, flatten pockets of old world tech crowd

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steaming enterainment

Sometimes these accidental keyboard cock-ups can invoke vivid imagery far in excess of the original intention.

Yes, yes, "Tips & Corrections", but that spoils our fun.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Re: search for a car and click the "get the report" link in the item specifics section

As the number of car registrations in uk is the lowest it has been since 1952, they probably thought a reminder of times gone by would be appropriate.

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Sounds like a severe pain in one's side for those that have bought hobbled drives before...


Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

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I thought Photoshop was used to remedy such problems.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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Re: In my experience, dogs respond better to German

This is because Johann Sebastian Bach and family were German.

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Outlook for iOS will default to English


They do realise how ambiguous that choice is.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Dirty Mouse Ball

Come on let's crawl

Gotta crawl, gotta crawl

To the dirty mouse ball

To the ball, to the ball

And a happy time we'll have there

One and all

At the dirty mouse ball

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Re: Mouse fixing.

...now you're an eye surgeon.

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Re: There is a skip in the yard bearing a notice which says "empty when full"

How that is interpreted should define whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist.

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Re: Brands in large letters all round the waistband elastic of men's underwear are questionable

That reminds me of an old joke about C&A.

Cyber attack against UK power grid middleman Elexon sparks in-house IT recovery efforts

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Re:...are now forever known as 'wiggly amps' thanks to this article :-)

El Reg:-

Where is the 10x UpVote button? I can't find it...

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: Meanwhile SWMBO is busy making some masks.

Boris will soon have everyone looking like letter boxes.

We're going underground, and this time it's not an inebriated banker crapping themselves, but Transport for London

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Re: a half metre step up to the train was a particularly memorable example of the disconnect.

A lot of platforms have a raised section bringing the platform level up to train level (about one carriage length). This is in a designated part of the platform. (TFL call them Platform humps). I thought it would be quite easy to find a list of them and whereabouts to wait on the platform, but it looks as if this precise information doesn't seem to figure on their accessibility map, resulting in your frustration.

To work properly, the position of this raised area should be consistent throughout the whole line. So all that's needed is a list like this: Victoria Line Northbound: Travel in Carriage x from the front (carriage y from the rear); Southbound: Travel in Carriage y from the front (carriage x from the rear).

Understandably a lot of NSFW-type material comes up when searching this topic on google. It might be helpful to know that they are often referred to as Harrington Humps.

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Re: but I felt sorry for those people who had paid for them

Think of it as another form of ad-blocker.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Re: Micros~1

My memories of this were that, whenever I was in the situation of resorting to typing that in, my uk keyboard would not oblige, and I'd have to do keyb uk to get the tilde.

Which brings me to: how does one pronounce this? Presumably micros tilde one?

Google says it'll pick up the tab – and stick it in a lovely colour-coded Chrome group

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Tab Management

Surely a more generic name for it would be Felidae management.

(Not sure what people are supposed to do with their dog, or other Cute Animal videos though).

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows

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Re: Uh? Is this a common problem?

I think this is a reference to:-



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