* Posts by Dabooka

1059 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007


Exsparko-destructus! What happens when wand waving meets extremely poor wiring

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Re: Less poor wiring than poor building

Similar here.

My old office suite (I was in one of three) was created by dividing a meeting room which is used for, er, meetings along with student seminars etc.

The sound echoes through the void above the stud partition. Warned them at the time but what would I know. I does work both ways though as they discovered when I was on the phone to a car insurance company that had incurred my displeasure.

The centre manager and I also tried to get some services (network and power) installed at the same time but were overruled by the Facilities Dir. Now I've moved office and they want to rearrange and put two extra desks along that wall but guess what's missing?

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

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so there's porn on the internet now?

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

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AH, Falco

Thanks for bringing that particular earworm into my working day. I genuinely thank you for it.

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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I like the proposed solution in the US ASRS report

Fill the incorrect hole full of sealant and draw a red circle around the proper hole.

Bodge it at it's best.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers

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Re: Conductors?

I believe nowadays we have 'Train Managers'

Still no catering on the Trans Pennine routes (at least last time I had the pleasure of using one), but we have a manager.

The lights go off, broadband drops out, the TV freezes … and nobody knows why (spooky music)

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Re: Supply pipe location

I had this in my current house after moving in last year. To be honest the water board* were absolutely great.

Built in the '30s, their plans shown the location of the inlet and valve somewhere where it just... wasn't. The lad then spent about three hours walking about with a combination of a little hand held detector and a long stethoscope with a wooden noggin on the end, listening for running water (while I ran taps).

In the end he found it along the road and on the opposite side directly outside someone else's garage. I would never have considered that as ours, and neither had he. Plans updated, valve checked and off he tootled.

I'd genuinely try giving them a call and explaining the difficulty. Hopefully you'll be pleased with the results too.

*Yeah, yeah I know.

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights

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Re: Not a bad start that

I'm not sure anyone believes this is 100% altruistic on the part of UA, I even commented on the SBU drawing down grants etc.

But it is a step in the right direction regardless of motivation.

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Re: Not a bad start that

Appreciate that but I have to assume that Engine plus Air vs Motor plus Air would still result in an away win, even if marginal?

Good shout on the maintenance angle.

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Re: Not a bad start that

Well I get that, so okay let's say it's actually 150nm now, progress will still increase the range.

Still got to start somewhere right?

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Not a bad start that

Sure I see the comments querying the range and practicalities but my view is this;

  • I guess UA know a little bit more about how these are to be deployed and potential demand than what we do
  • It's an SBU of United Airlines coughing up the cash. Probably involves tax deductions, government grants etc?
  • It's 250nm now but come on, progress tells us tech will develop it into something much more useful. 400nm? 500?
  • We have to start somewhere. Not sure why so many on here lately have been so negative about new stuff, we're a tech forum complaining about innovation...
  • I'm also assuming these would be quite a bit quieter too would they not?
I'm sure I'll get downvotes, possibly rightly so. There just seems to be so much downplaying about the right steps being made and a focus on the fact these steps aren't already the finished article.

We see it whenever hydrogen is mentioned too (the trains trial reported on the other week as an example). Come on FFS we have to start somewhere right?

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Back in the olden days

And dodgy fairy lights if you go back a bit further.

That's what my dad told me anyway, and he was a fireman in the 70s and 80s

This is the data watchdog! Surrender your Matt Hancock smoochy-kiss pics right now!

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Re: 'In the Public Interest'

I'm curious, how was 'the lady in question' an innocent party here?

They both acted against the government's own advice did they not?

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

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Re: Valve hardware and a bad track record

I was logging inn to say this, it's got 'Abandonware' written all over it.

However at least in this instance you would still have a half decent device that could be put to a plethora of other tasks should you have the need and know how. I'm guessing a lot of gamers wouldn't so this could make a tempting used buy.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Re: "Set-dressing" has been going on for ages.

Just the one? I say, I'd be jolly disappointed too. Rest assured it would have raised a comment from me.

To date aside from the usual cats n kids, the only items note worthy I've seen has been a Dalek (a good size one too) and a rather fetching display of whisky.

One supplier I've known for years, who typically uses the company backdrop, did call in once without it and I noticed he had a load of Grace Jones album covers framed on the wall. Queue spending about 45 minutes chatting about 80s music and me buying a couple of the frames. Rather natty, you can slide the covers in and out and change your display.

IBM insiders say CEO Arvind Krishna downplayed impact of email troubles, asked for a week to sort things out

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Re: The gorilla lost weight


Just name them FFS, what's holding you back?

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Re: 4.2 billion emails a week?

Nah, multiple recipients, distribution lists, mail shots, even read receipts will be included.

Still a lot mind

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Brand damage remains?

IBM: Hold my beer...

Hoe yes he did: IT pro record-botherer balances garden tool on his head for 2.5 hours

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I know where to file this

Place it under 'Just because we can, doesn't mean we should'

Audacity is a poster child for what can be achieved with open-source software

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Weird article this

I'm not really sure what its purpose or intention is. No real analysis of the decision, the backtrack, the recent announcements, the potential fallout (other than the mention of a fork). Just seems somewhat incomplete?

Written as someone who only ever uses Audacity to rip my vinyl to flac.

One good deed leads to a storm in an Exchange Server

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Sorry my good man, private email box even back then was a no-no regardless of the intentions.

However getting another year also suggests this incident wasn't the reason for the departure either.

IT manager who swindled Essex hospital trust out of £800k gets 5 years in prison

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Re: Barry Stannard

Does no one RTFA any more?!

Bezos v Branson: Battle of the wannabe Space Barons as Virgin Galactic cleared by FAA to start flying customers

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That was hard to read


Really hard to read.

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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Age changes things

Full fat original Lucozade and ready salted Hula Hoops as a young 'un.

Now full English. Possibly because I don't go daft on school nights anymore, where the above was consumed on the train on the way in work.

UK urged to choo-choo-choose hydrogen-powered trains in pursuit of carbon-neutral economic growth

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Must just be me than

Sounds a reasonable idea, certainly one that justifies a bit more work.

Not sure why it's always knocked back on the boards here but is always is.

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets

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Re: Usable in all weather

All weather is not the same as leakproof.

I know feck all about boats but even I know that bit

Ex-Brave staffer launches GDPR sueball in Germany over tech giants' real-time bidding for ad inventory

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Re: how will a potential employer be able to use advertising databases to shortlist you for a job? U

I read on these very boards a number of years ago about a technique employed being to split the pile of applicant CVs into two halves and binning those on the left side of the desk.

The premise being they didn't want to hire anyone that unlucky.

Still makes me chuckle that one :D

Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures

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Christ , they walk amongst us...

And these people hold power.

We're all fucked aren't we?

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients

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Re: Struck off?

I'm utterly sick to death of the non-stop low brow attempts to discredit chiropractors, it's everywhere nowadays; social media, TV, you name it.

To actually become qualified these practitioners have to attend a seminar that lasts a whole weekend, or maybe complete an e-learning programme.

They don't just give these certificates away you know.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like

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Re: Win95 . (was: Should I care?)

GUIs are for lightweights.


Funny how Sir Tim Berners-Lee, famous for hyperlinks, is into NFTs, glorified hyperlinks

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Re: "He praised them as a way of “avoiding central control,”"

Including this one, it's in the article.

I guess they never read that far down

Uber drivers can now unionise after ride biz recognises GMB, one of the UK's largest trade unions

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Re: The IT connection?

FFS at least use the icon

More power for your Raspberry Pi: A new PoE+ HAT to sate power-hungry peripherals

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Re: Synchronicity!


I'm looking at music server setup and these appear to be ideal for my needs. Having PoE where the router is would be ideal.

Hard cheese: Stilton snap shared via EncroChat leads to drug dealer's downfall

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10,000 UK users and 60 arrests?

Well that's either a very poor return in arrests or it shows that a lot of encrypted chat is not for nefarious purposes.

Even allowing for some of them to go free for continued surveillance / Queen's evidence (possibly) and lord know what else, that's still quite a poor return is it not?

Here's how we got persistent shell access on a Boeing 747 – Pen Test Partners

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Re: Well I appear to be alone in my thinking

Oh sure it's different to a lot of what we see.

Some survey of a couple of hundred people sponsored by a company that just so happens to self SaaS or whatnot to help / hinder whatever the findings are. You can't compare the two at all.

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Well I appear to be alone in my thinking

I read this very much as a pointless but for-the-hell-of-it-exercise, and found it kind of interesting nonetheless.

Okay, so it was not via the IFE but a virtually impossible to access Ethernet port. So the planes are pretty much out of service, the IFE is also redundant and it also needs clarification if it was in a lab or in the plane itself. And yes it had some technical inaccuracies (re: the location of the APU). So what?

I still think this was someone just fucking about having been gifted access to one and thought 'That'd be a challenge' which it was. Crikey these comments are full of folk doing stuff with antiquated hardware just because they can. If they get a bit of exposure good for them, it isn't like some of the puff we see under the banner 'of research' with marketing droids pushing services.

Nope, perfect Friday afternoon reading for me.

Freenode IRC staff resign en masse, unhappy about new management

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^ What he said

Been that long ago I had forgotten how big a deal it was.

WhatsApp: Share your data with Facebook, or we'll make our own app useless to you

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So, Signal vs Telegram

What's your experiences?

I appreciate I'll get suggestions to use Enigma machines and carrier pigeons but let's be realistic here.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

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Re: PDF ?

I'm loving all of the links to .pdf and .doc files. I think you may be missing the point though.

They are not an online form are they? It is just another cynical block to reduce uptake.

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Re: PDF ?

Not for your kids there isn't.

Or at least non I can find.

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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Re: But isn't this what (real) criminals would do?

Been there, done that.

We had one a couple of years ago pertaining to offer staff an Amazon voucher, click on the link etc.. Clearly to me (and others) it was a hoax as a) our outfit would never do that and b) our outfit would never do that. Ever. I even forwarded it to my Head of It to let him know these things were out there (he replied and said it was a test).

However two things worthy of note.

Firstly some of my colleagues who did click felt they had been 'tricked' into taking the training that 'they don't really need' (yeah I know).

Secondly the genuine follow up email from the outfit hired to do the testing was the most shambolically written and presented email I have witnessed in ages. Utterly appalling. Courier font, no structure, brightly coloured text. It was like going back 20 years, and screamed spammer. It also included links to the training for everyone else to do should they feel the need to.

Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero

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Re: Ah!

Thanks for that. I wonder where Ctrrl-Shift-F12 was from? I'm certain Word was always Ctrl-P (that includes the DOS versions). Maybe I'm wrong.

I'm probably wrong. I'm usually wrong.

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Re: Ah!

I concur. In fact I still use Ctrl-Shift-F12 in Word for the Print dialogue, and I think that was a WP5.1 shortcut if I recall correctly.

Do you remember those laminated templates that went over the function keys to prompt for shortcuts?

Gone in 60 electrons: Digital art swaggers down the cul-de-sac of obsolescence

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Mutliple formats?

I've just gone back to my roots and bought some old hifi kit to replace my old stuff I ever chucked out, lost or could never really afford in the first place.

I've dusted down my old vinyl and CDs, which weirdly actually feel retro (as they were around for so long I guess). Yes I have FLAC, and I stream in the car but it's nice to have these multiple formats.

However I now find myself inadvertently buying the same thing in the same format. Bored in a Teams meeting sees me on Music Magpie buying random CDs only to find when I later rip them I have a copy already on a shelf or in a box. Maybe it's an age thing.

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

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Re: Printers are the Devil's work


I'm nicking this

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

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Is this not too late though?

I am no expert at all so please correct me, but a lot of these are served to linking multiple devices, accounts and other nefarious purposes are they not?

Surely by allowing them access the damage is done there and then and deleting them is all a bit late. Sure we could use incognito tabs and what not for each page but I assume there's something specific lurking that these trackers look for to link multiple machines and accounts.

As I say thought I am not an expert so I wouldn't be listening to my ramblings!

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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Re: Have the worst fo both

Spot on, a bit like the 'turn right on a red' (left for us) which I believe they do?

My problem is the creeping in of part time just becoming full time..

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Have the worst fo both

Here in the NE* we have a penchant for roundabouts with lights that always operate. 5am on a Sunday? Yep, you can be stuck at two sets on a single roundabout.

*I am certain other inept councils exist in other parts of the UK

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I question these stats too

I mean Cramlington must have 25,000 by itself. It certainly bloody feels like it

El Reg checks in with Rocket Lab's Peter Beck to see how that hat tastes amid reusable rockets and swelling payloads

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Re: Why is that name not familiar ?

Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to give that a look

iPhone XR caught fire after getting trapped in airline passenger's seat

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Re: Passenger responsibility?

Wow, bit surprised here; 5 downvotes? Has the El Reg massif gone soft?!



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