* Posts by Dabooka

901 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007


IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Re: Job ad requirements

At our place it's linked to the post's salary too; to draw down at a certian level you have to be qualified to a certain level. Granted I work in a different sector but we do employ a variety of IT roles at various levels.

I don't agree with it, I've seen some great potential managers capped because they're 'too old' to bother with a degree. It's just the way it works with unions and I suspect an historical decison put in place to block a certain progression or two.

Oh, and we always wait for the second or third revision of a job ad, the first one is recalled in 95% of cases.

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


Wow another TLD

for 123reg to auto-register for its customers.

'Don't miss out on this great opportunity to expand your business in Sark, get in now to maximise the opportunities FOR FREE (then charged at just £14.00 / yr)'

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work


Re: Use a second wifi hotspot

Is that not because power line are generally idiot proof whereas mesh may require a little more setting up? Obviously I don't know what kit you used or if it was pre-configured.

100% mesh here now, wouldn't go back to power line.


Re: Standby for downvotes!

Tried that but only once and I have plenty of time from next week to have another attempt.

Apparently the MW6 firmware upgrade to v17(?) kills the connection up time, but as it automatically updates you can't really stop it. Hopefully it'll be resolved shortly as they know about it.


Re: Standby for downvotes!

Fair cop.

I'm normally quite good with these things but occasionally I do type as if I have ten thumbs. I'd like to blame my cheapo screen protector (which has severely impacted the pickup of the screen) but I typed that at my desk, so no can do.....


Re: Standby for downvotes!

A down vote for positng a question?!

This place.... WTF man. You didn't even attempt to reply.


Re: Use a second wifi hotspot

Swing and a miss. Wouldn't work in my example as the house has multiple circuits and as you know powerlines don't like that kind of setup much. Device handovers can also be problematic.

Mesh FTW. I cannot understand why you'd want powerlines over mesh nowadays.


Re: Standby for downvotes!

I got those Tenda MW6 and a triple pack of MW3s on an Amazon deala few months ago. I cannot for the life of me get the 3s to pair with the 6 as the primary node.

Very frustrating as the 6 has a gig port and the 3s don't. I have tried everything and the online advice is rubbish. Have you had this problem

Hello, sub £-100 Moto: Lenovo punts 6.1-inch display e6S at low-cost crowd


Re: A burner phone fail

It actually doesn't really need it at all.

My main gripe is the proliferation of machines that charge for cash withdraws, NFC allows you to get a round or two in until your route passes a proper [free] machine to use.


A burner phone fail

For me a burner phone is take out on all day session. That needs NFC in 2020


I loved mine

Upgraded last year to a Moto G8 Action, but I would have stuck with the brand if they hadn't gone under.

Great value bits of kit on release.

Control is only an illusion, no matter what you shove on the Netware share

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Re: "Or heard the sphincter-loosening words: 'What's a backup?' "

Moderately relieved...


Re: "Or heard the sphincter-loosening words: 'What's a backup?' "

Have you posted this before?

I've had such a massive hit of déjà vu it's untrue!

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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Re: "nuisance marketing communications"

Thanks for the replies.

It's currently in modem mode but it causes problems with my router in another room, with devices often struggling to find each other. Its options are very limited, and much prefer a decent all-in-one.

Funnily enough the router it attaches to is my old fibre modem (as in fibre broadband, not FTTP), which is no good where I now live. Hence VM connection.


Re: "nuisance marketing communications"

Hmm, you seem to know about this.

For a long time I wanted to replace their rubbish SuperHub (sic) and they've always refrained from giving a direct answer to I can or not. Can I buy a DOCSIS modem and replace the hub, or is my connection intrinsically linked to the actual modem too?

As you may tell, I know SFA about cable connections.


Might be wrong

But I'm fairly sure the password for the online account and talking to the CC droids is different.

Both are weak mind.


I love these responses for data breaches

'We've fucked up! Here's what you need to do to protect yourself!'


You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem


Re: Expensive

Memory plays tricks.

I recall having to upgrade my card at a similar time, and prudence then suggested you hopped onto the 3D bandwagon*; maybe the need vs obvious purchase have become somewhat blurred over the last 25 years?

If I recall, by pulling in a favour from a supplier at work I managed to acquire some generic 'S3 ViRGE' chipset jobs for about £35 a pop for me and my pals. Nothing flash, I think they had 2Mb onboard but with the little brown sockets where you could upgrade with another 2 x 1Mb chips (or 4 x 512s maybe, but in my mind they were 1Mb chips).

Anyway, my point being that maybe the brown box 512kb card that came with the PC was no good, hence the jump to something more substantial just to get the thing to work.

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically


Re: Were the Met Police so 'highly accurate and well-informed' in the past?

"The danger is that because it is a high tech AI system that people treat the results as anything other than very dubious."

Among all the arguments and concerns, this is the one that stands out for me. I bet we all encounter on a daily basis people arguing about presented data (a lot of 'dashboards' in my case) without ever considering what has been presented may be flawed. It's assumed accurate and trying to convince certain folk to dig deeper is nigh on impossible. Computer spits it out? Can't argue.

My challenges of this behavior are inconsequential compared to the potential with a system rolled out on this scale, a system so cutting edge and exciting operators simply wouldn't dream of questioning it first.

Fake docs rock real docs: Ex-Wall St guy accused of conning medics out of £27m for bogus cryptocurrency fund using faked paperwork


A simply test for this kind of operation.

Simply find-and-replace the word 'crypto' for 'magic beans' and then re-read.

If after that it still sounds plausible, message me as I have a business venture you may wish to invest in.

Microsoft ups the ante with fix-fixing patch that leaves some Windows Server 2008 machines unable to boot


Top sub-headline that.

Well done.

Very well done.

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?


Re: Seriously, how many centuries has this exact debate been going on?

History is important, I'm not suggesting otherwise, but using it as a barometer against today's employment opportunities is bonkers. I mean look how things have gone over the last 30 years or so and we can see a few seismic changes in employment patterns in the UK alone.

We all know that the roles needed in society change and automation and AI (whatever that means in reality) drives this. I'm on about the concept that as we're better off than 100 years ago we should be grateful that we have Deliveroo and Amazon Fulfillment Centres to take care of our employment needs.

Or is that just for the proles?


Re: Seriously, how many centuries has this exact debate been going on?

It's somewhat disturbing to see how comparisons are being made between working and living conditions today and a 100+ years ago, as if that means anything. So some people should be grateful we're not employing boot blacks and sending kids up chimneys so shut up and take this Deliveroo Subway? Crikey.

Personally I go to work for more than just wages. Am I really that alone in wanting to be challenged, with a sense of contribution and progression? Yes money and benefits are important but there are not the only driver behind us all taking the jobs we do. Having to go back in time to think we should be grateful is not a reasonable thing to do. Progress is unstoppable and we here, on these boards, are in one way or another often intrinsically linked to it FFS.

The AC above highlights the challenge well.

Difficult season: Antivirus-flinger Avast decides to 'wind down' Jumpshot

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Re: It's been said many times...

Great post, tragically you're right; I need update my own understanding!

Crikey, where did it all go wrong...


It's been said many times...

...if it's free, it's because you're the product. I was told that by a GCSE business teacher back in the very early 90s and it stuck with me.

It's really bad when the paid for version still nicks your data. Utter crooks.

Remember when Europe’s entire Galileo satellite system fell over last summer? No you don’t. The official stats reveal it never happened


Re: WTF?

77% is poor for Northern Rail.

The more I read of stuff like this the more I think we're possibly better off out of the project anyway.

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons


Re: ACL Guarantee

My Sony flat screen refuses to do the decent thing by rolling over and dying, 10 years old this year and going strong (although, just like in this story, the apps built within ceased a longtime ago). I just had to give up waiting and buy a new one anyway.

It's since been demoted to the conservatory where it replaced a slightly older Samsung model which now resides in a friend's living room. Again, no smart functionality but it can produce a moving picture with sound to match, so...... all good really.

I'd like to think my 19" Mitsubishi CRT from 1993 is still out there too, but that really is a bit of a stretch.


Re: Why indeed...

I'm with you JDX.

Not everyone wants or needs audiophile grade everything all of the time. We only have two (bought as Christmas presents a few years ago) and although they're the nearest thing we have to anything 'net connected in our house, they work perfectly well for what they are needed for.

I'm not disputing that quality of output varies massively, even within the same budget, but if something sounds that bad it would not be getting purchased in the first place. It does what it does, and still sounds better than a lot of the cheaper all in one systems that people use. We don't all want and need full hi-fi wired setups, especially for multi room functionality.

That's not to say I approve or agree with them doing this but they have a track record. A couple of years ago unless you agreed to the new T&Cs you ended up with a brick. There's also a lot wrong with their hardware but that will be to lock people out of the eco-system.

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta


Re: Many of these ads can be disabled.

English does have several words like this, so many I wouldn't call them anomalies; it's just the language.

I'm not particular fluent in other spoke tongue (although as many can cope in large parts fo Europe and can usually ask for a beer without too much difficulty), but I would be fairly confident in claiming other languages suffer the same sort of thing. Words meaning two things for example or changing entirely depending on context.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Right I know I'm about to get battered for this

I have to confess that this is why I've just stuck with a little Moleskine notebook. In my defence I've had it longer than LastPass has been around, and it generally provides an incomplete picture anyway (i.e. it doesn't name the site implicitly, and sometimes it's just a reference I need prompting on).

Sure it's not idea,l but it's not quite as bad as the Post It on the side of the monitor or the word 'pencil' written down inside a book left on a desk either.

It is actually looking rather tatty of late, I may inbest in another. 15 yrs isn't too bad after all.

Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'


Re: So, Google is pulling a Microsoft ?

Great link that

It's Friday, the weekend has landed... and Microsoft warns of an Internet Explorer zero day exploited in the wild


It amazes me it's still so popular, but then again...

Right, it's crap. We know this. Yet for some reason it is still used out of the box.t.

Where I work we're now all on Win 10 and 365, generally locked down but you can add Chrome and Firefox. This means that with Edge and IE we have four browsers to choose from.

Only IE and Edge are installed by default, and most don't even know how / why they would install the other options. I know this to be a fact as a large percentage of the people work with struggle to get certain web based systems to function or even display on IE (easy fix, use any one of the others). Yet guess what the default browser is set to? Guess what option Admin has stopped us (as users) changing?

So even when there is a newer offer by default, the system still reverts to IE. Which is broken and crap. And to help with this we can download others, but they won;t change the default (or can;t?)

Image-rec startup for cops, Feds can probably identify you from 3 billion pics it's scraped from Facebook, YouTube etc


Re: Whether the weather ...

I've been wondering of late about the effectiveness of modern weather prediction over, say, what we used to do back in the 20s and 30s (1920s that is...).

Last Tuesday I should have been drowned from 2pm onward as a thick band of severe rain moved north. Nope not a thing, or at worst light drizzle for a small amount of time. Yesterday was meant to be 0 or below. Nope I'm outside working on the car.

Okay hardly scientific, but the point is that I wonder that despite the great amount of cash and computing we're still actually a few % points better at predicting it.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Oh is that all?

'Just added code to allow the computers talk to each other'.

It's that easy then. Right, okay.

To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details


Re: Nothing anywhere proves Googles data is concise or accurate.

Have an upvote.

I would suggest it is far to say that those who think the data is somehow going to be used as convicting evidence are somewhat wide of the mark and missing the point. The Feds will want a list of suspects who they can have their collar felt as being in that area; you know, shake the tree and see what falls out kind of thing.

It does kind of give the game away and make it easier to cover your tracks if you know what gets people caught, but I'm guessing we're not dealing with 'Raffles, the Gentleman Thief ' here and research will be somewhat sketchy. I mean some crims still leave finger prints behind FFS.

Azure consultant's Google image search results hotlinking sueball booted off the pitch by High Court


Re: Eyes.

I'll have a pint of what you've had.

Seems good stuff...

What do you mean your eardrums need a break? Samsung-owned JBL touts solar-powered wireless headphones you don't need to charge


Re: So, never going to charge here in Scotland then. :(

Better still, get a solar powered searchlight and point it at itself.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room


Re: And this is why...

Isn't there an old adage that simply states 'locks keep honest people honest'.

That is to say in most cases anyone with even a passing interest in circumventing the lock can do so with ease (as we've heard).

Icahn and I will force a Xerox and HP wedding: Corporate raider urges HP shareholders to tell board to act 'NOW'


Re: @adam

RE: Servicing the debt.

I agree, although when I highlighted this with Vodafone several months ago I was informed I didn't know what I was talking about. It turned into a debt payments vs tax on profit debate, missing entirely the small issue of servicing said debt.

Astronauts brave razor sharp edges and fiddly pipes to bring joy to boffins


Re: Well deserved beer

It's hard enough doing the brake lines on my old hobby car, and that's just lying under the thing on ramps.

4mm stainless in space is indeed a serious achievement.

That code that could never run? Well, guess what. Now Windows thinks it's Batman


Re: Assume the worst

Thanks Phil, great explanation and must be clear if I understand it.


Re: South Western Railway

Don't worry Paul,

I asked a (reasonable) question and got two. It happens all the time on here especially when offering insight or offering an opinion on something someone else disagrees with. Even when factually correct it seems.

Have a pint instead.


Re: Assume the worst

For the dunces among us, what is meant by an 'atomic operation'?

Yes I could Google, but we're on the message boards so go straight to source.

BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?


Re: I'm going to quote this!


That's in the bank for next time I hear that, which somewhat tragically is too frequent for a sane world.

A short note to say I'm off: Vulture taps claws on Reg keyboard for last time


All the best in the new role

And if you've learned nothing else, it's full fat biscuits all the way.

Mysterious IT snafu at British Airways causes bunch of inbound flight delays and cancellations


Re: Blame third parties

There's a fail in here alright....

...but you're looking in the wrong place. RTFA

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


That sounds about right (which is wrong)

It's the bloody 'extras' you end up having to pay for, I get that. DBS checks are rarely, ever, accepted outside the organisation they were requested from, but to charge an admin / processing fee (via an agency) is a disgrace, as is being employed via a sub-contacted agency. All taking a cut.

We've recently started going for limited hours / zero hour in some cases to escape the huge top slice the agencies take and it's been a revelation. Now we can afford to pay the going rate!

RE: The apprenticeship levy, I guess you don't pay that as you're not drawing down £3m/yr?!


Re: HMRC is badass, HMRC don't give a sh*t

I believe projects across the government have gone TISUP for many a year, sometimes because of the contractors.

Not sure there is much call for correlation = causation here.


I agree

For example, I'm fairly sure the 0.5% apprenticeship levy deduction isn't correct.

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences


Re: Many issues with this of course..

I really don't get these down votes.

Do some people not understand how these things work and simply decide otherwise when told? I'm perplexed.



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