* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

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IT sent the intern to sort out the nasty VP who was too important to bother with backups

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It leaves a sour taste in the mouth that they had to jump through those hoops to protect the VPs ego .

reminiscent of the "king has no clothes" story

I'd like to think that kind of behavior is dying out in todays inclusive , pc , environment, but probly not

User read the manual, followed instructions, still couldn't make 'Excel' work

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The most critical thing , which rarely happens is to put the text on the side of the pictures ,

If its above or below you spend ages scrolling past the giant tabolidy pictures with arrows on to find your next instruction , and then even more time trying to remember id the text relates to the pic above , or below .

if text & pic side by side navigation and general readability so much easier.

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Last one I did started with :

For those with some experience :

go here

click this

add xyz

select x from dropdown

click apply


For much much more detail on that including pictures with little arrows drawn on them , read on ....

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I might have been in the game too long but I wouldnt have needed a trip to her office to work that out, unless she was really pretty , or the canteen was en-route.

US nuke reactor lab hit by 'gay furry hackers' demanding cat-human mutants

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Re: Too old

the comments certainly put the readership in a new light for me ,

and i learned a few things

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" promised to emit more information"

very subtle gag there , well done

BOFH: Groundbreaking discovery or patently obvious trolling?

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Re: Mehbe

upgraded my home pc bios on a dont-really-need-to whim the other day

result: A lot of whinging about bitlocker and total refusal to boot from the C drive , despite the data being plainly visible and unencrypted , resulting in a reformat.

luckily mydocs etc kept elsewhere and backed up.

Greenpeace calls out tech giants for carbon footprint fumble

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Re: WTF????

"seen through all the bullshit."

So theres no problem ? nothing needs to change ?

All I hear is is people either outright denying climate change or just pickimng holes in any attempt to alleiviate it - without making any constructive suggestions themselves .

"OOH then electric cars are shit mu peugout can do 800 miles on a tank , and even though i've never driven it more than the 20 mile commute in one go that is a reason to write EV off"

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Re: WTF????

i'm sick of hearing this "private jet" bullshit .

If a 1 world leader flies to COP on behalf of 100 million people on the specific business of reducing emissions , the fuel for the jet is below neglible.

Somebody pointed out the other day that wind turbines use oil in the gearbox - as if that was some sort of justification for scrapping wind power.

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Re: WTF????

Man made climate change is a scientific fact

So is the non renewable status of oil

You cant have a different "opinion" about the value of Pi , or the speed of light , or pythagoras' theorum.

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exactly , China has those stats because China make all our shit .

Thats OUR co2 output

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I am shocked at the comments here , its like the Trump supporting morons on the other forum I frequent!

Man made climate change is a real thing

something needs to be done

picking holes in what other people are doing is not "doing something"

Suits ignored IT's warnings, so the tech team went for the neck

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Thanks, I'll add that to may "songs about beards" playlist.

currently this one is favorite https://youtu.be/q0kSuZFOwFE

Apple exec defends 8GB $1,599 MacBook Pro, claims it's like 16GB in a PC

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Re: I was gonna say...

With that said, macOS does make use of several tricks to optimize memory utilization, including caching as much data as it can in free RAM to avoid running to and from slower storage for stuff

Wouldnt you need more memory for that , not less?

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

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Re: On the flip side of that coin, sometime users are right!

I usually explain to them which support team will understand the polarity of the nanofluid and they are going to have to assign it to , rather than have then guess and the ticket sits in various queues getting ignored and bounced around.

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Re: CS students are interesting

upvoted twice for on point observation of the inaneness of early lower level "IT" courses.

downvoted for childish Microsoft insult pun.

result: +1

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Re: "supposed expert who turned out to be anything but"

or even have admin access to the windoze we've got ....

UK policing minister urges doubling down on face-scanning tech

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Re: 'No question' it will solve more crimes, Tory MP claims

One black witness to a serious crime had details on the database, even though he was known to be innocent, when he was witness to another crime, he was treated as a serious suspect.

Well, thats not the fault of the technology is it ?

Better training and procedures are required.

Removing the tools is never the solution.

If that innocent witness's prints & DNA were recorded that should have helped rule him out

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Re: 'No question' it will solve more crimes, Tory MP claims

people who get hassled every so often just because the computer says they look like some people who do crimes is completely intolerable.

if you " like some people who do crimes" then you " like some people who do crimes" wether or not the computer is involved.

if you like some people who do crimes then you have to be eliminated for the enquiry

This happens with or without computer involvement

A magic system that does the hard bit and locates the suspect is surely a good thing - then real people decide where to go

Crippling the tools so the police cant get even that far in the investigation is surely not the way to proceed ,

why not bin off the police altogether ? that'll stop any false arrests

jeeez , bunch of luddites on this site , who knew!

We should be using technology not scared of it - how comes every copper doesent have a fingerprint scanner on their belt ? that would be step 2 after a face comp has made an id .

This would obviously just be another tool in the armory - not a machine to be obeyed no matter what it says .

If a copper beats the shit out of an innocent black guy because the computer told him to then obviously this is not a fault with the computer system , the problem is elsewhere .

yeah yeah i know, you needs your civil liberties

ok , hit me with the downvotes

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Re: 'No question' it will solve more crimes, Tory MP claims

How would that happen exactly ?

You're walking down the high street , and the Face Machine accidentally incorrectly mistakes you for a rapist currently on the run .....

Where does it go from there?

Drone strike?

or does the cctv operator just look at the picture and say , no HAL , this time you're mistaken .

or do they send a bobby to stop you and compare your face with the rapist on his ipad , then you go on your way?

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Re: How to use statistics

its very very simple .

when your shiny new scanner with a 99% accuracy rate (both negative and positive) has identified a face in the crowd , and it alerting you to this it would display a picture of the person it has seen and the person it thinks it is from the records - the human meatbag can then decide whether to proceed or not.

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Re: How to use statistics

I do wonder act the 'other checks' are, and how much effort they require.

Seems pretty simple to me - the computer would flash up 2 pics on a human's desk and say "is this guy this guy?" , very fast , human verification , no man hours wasted.

Only then do you send out the ED209 robot.

To prevent 'lost' nukes, scientists suggest storing them in a hall of mirrors

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Re: Stability

Blimey , I'd better go dig out the Protect and Survive manual :(

BOFH: Adventures in overenthusiastic automation

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Loving that last line , the possibilities are endless .. and infinite


World checks it's not April 1 as Apple signals support for full US right-to-repair rule

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Re: Part Pairing

this is true but the released repair manuals etc wont go away

third parties will make compatible replacement parts .

and if thay then insist on a " portal to authorise those part swaps," for hardware out of the legal support period , surely this'll be seen as direct sabotage of people's rights and the law updated if they cant be roundly whipped for it already?

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation also welcomed the announcement.

Wow those guys are still around?

Thats like hearing "The untouchables" are back to bust some heads!

Want a clean energy transition? Better start putting cash into electrical grid

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Re: Serious question

Those are all "old world" problems , from when we had unlimited energy supplied by Oil

Cost , Economics , and Council Authorities are all man made barriers that we need to be rid of , and thats the easy bit.

The world and our way of life pretty much needs to change beyond recognition in a carbon free future .

And a big part of that is being "local"

Just making it happen at all without billions dying will be a miracle

Making it happen and retaining some sort of creature comfotrs would be nice

The fact there is no longer a starbucks nearby doesent fucking matter .



However reading social media and getting the opioins of the masses on these issues I'm pretty certain this "Transition" will be a completely unprepared disaster that the human race will be lucky to survive.

Also this Transition will happen with or without Climate change Activists - the Oil will run out . soon.

Making the problem go away is not the same thing as fixing it

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jeez chill its one bell during a drill ,

nothings that B&W

its not like disabling the temp gauge in a nuclear power plant to avoid getting a call out

Wrong ? Yes ! all I'm saying is "instant dismissal marched off the site" is not a tactic to deploy every chance you get , some consideration sometimes required.

I used to put some ear defenders on during the weekly bell test, I hope that wasnt "deliberate defeating of a safety system"

The offence described in the story by the predecessor on call seems much more negligent (and should be sued imho) , albeit not safety related.

Boris Johnson's mad hydrogen for homes bubble bursts

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Re: Technical question - advice politely requested

Like someone else said , its a "heat escapes side of pan with gas burner" thing.

That doesent happen in your gas boiler .

So the induction Hob is more efficient than a gas hob , but not as efficient as a gas boiler

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Re: Consider this:

"Consider this: .... waflfe nah , nope , stupid "

Whats the answer then Alan?

I get tired of all these

Electric cars be stoopid , my car can do 500 miles between refils , so all electric cars should be scrapped .

p.s. i've never driven more than 30 miles in a day in my gas car.

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Re: French leccy

a smidgeon* more than the subsidised price paid by the French

Bloody Brexit!

Before Brexit we could have driven over there in a Transit van and carted as much as we could carry back.

now it'll be strict duty-free limits.

Ransomwared health insurer wasn't using antivirus software

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Re: Icing on the cake...

Indeed , you usually (but not exclusively )hear it from people bragging about how they use Linux instead.

San Francisco mayor suggests police drones and CCTV can cure city's crime woes

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Re: Not the problem

Unit of what ???


Houses for the homeless?

Theres not much you cant buy for 800k

One door opens, another one closes, and this one kills a mainframe

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Re: You're not supposed to open all the cabinets at once

Great pic!

Explains how the weight might tip the balance.

Looks like the open doors would act as a sort of kick-stand holding the teetering machine at about 80 degrees

Excel recruitment time bomb makes top trainee doctors 'unappointable'

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Re: "The NHS suffers from a chronic shortage of anesthetists"

Consider yourself lucky. I relocated last year, and most GPs in both my old and new area use the NHS website and app, but don't allow making appointments online. Instead, I have to call the surgery


Where I am you can only book an appointment for the same day.

This is achieved by several hundred people ringing the surgery at exactly 08:00 for an appointment raffle .

Its pretty similar to trying to get a glastonbury ticket.

SpaceX accused of paying less to women and minority engineers

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Yeah ! right on! free healthcare is for commies!

All that free National Defense though , we need that! even though its 10x the next nearest rival , thats $2405 tax dollars per head well spent!

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The court filing says this came to light when a California law came into force requiring salary ranges to be listed on all advertised job openings, and this revealed the band for Foltz's role was $95,000 to $115,000, meaning she was being paid less than the starting salary.

It doesent reveal how many other people , male and female , may have been in the same boat though.

Hopefully the court demanded contracts and wages from all staff in that dept / role to compare .

also $95,000 = 77,793.60 Pound sterling

Nice work if you can get it!

Not even the ghost of obsolescence can coerce users onto Windows 11

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Re: Advert

50+x and always get a "Blast from the past" feeling when i see one , along with a "Wow they still make those?"

Scripted shortcut caused double-click disaster of sysadmin's own making

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I'll admit it ...

I have done this with XCOPY / MIR .

The MIR mirror feature is very dangerous , especially if you make any kind of mistake in the source / dest paths

I ended up chewing the guts out of a colleagues system32 folder and killed the laptop, much like in the story , except worse (and more embarrasing) as it was someone else's workstation

Lorenz ransomware crew bungles blackmail blueprint by leaking two years of contacts

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A security researcher noticed Lorenz's dark web victim blog was leaking backend code, pulled the data from the site, and uploaded to it a public GitHub repository.

wow, talk about victim shaming!

Musk's first year as Twitter's Dear Leader is nigh

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I'm pretty surprised x.com was available for him : )

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I must say , out of that long laundry list of controversial moves , throwing the brand away and calling it X seems like the weirdest ,

Although seeing "twitter" in a url or an article just made me scroll hurriedly on . Maybe of part of some "swamp cleaning" plan.

Beta driver turned heads in the hospital

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delivering an early release driver.

"delivering an early release driver." !

Thats a massive win!

whoever wangled that out of the supplier is due a mars bar!

BOFH: A security issue, you say? Activate code tangerine

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Re: Wonderful episode once again!

These days you'll be locked up for even thinking about writing "What would you have done if this was a bomb?" in metal , let alone doing it! apparently.

... or maybe those hysterical scare stories in the Daily Mail about people being refused access because picture of gun on T-shirt were exaggerated.

Chap blew up critical equipment on his first day – but it wasn't his volt

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From the replies it looks like theres a serious movement to calibrate and implement your proposed new system.

Techie labelled 'disgusting filth merchant' by disgusting hypocrite

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Re: So let me recap...

this kid had a free supply on the coffee table!

theres an excellent Mitchel & Webb sketch about hedgepr0n btw .

Mozilla calls cars from 25 automakers 'data privacy nightmares on wheels'

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And Ford said they discussed our request internally and made the decision not to participate."

handy , I'll remember that one

Watt's the worst thing you can do to a datacenter? Failing to RTFM, electrically

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Re: I I be a-goin there, I be-n't start from here

" could be set to deliver a certain current."

nah , cant see how , or the point , of that . lowering the voltage might do it ... but why? Maybe if you wanted to test the emergency cut out circuits of something. But you'd do that by making it draw more amps not by forcing amps at it . I dont think thats possible .

I *think* what happened in the story was the voltage was at 5v ,as it should be , the joker switched display to amps , which happened to show 2.5 , so the guy upped the voltage and broke it .

I dont know what the amp readout wouldve said during that , might've gone down briefly i guess , what the with the wattage being satisfied more with amps than volts, but it probly happened quick .

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Re: Check the power supply

managed to wreck all of them.

Surely that would just be a fuse on the power board?

Apple races to patch the latest zero-day iPhone exploit

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Re: Apple races to patch the latest zero-day iPhone exploit

Pegasus spyware being around since 2011. Not much of a race /s

There was article couple of days ago about downloaders/droppers vs payloads . Comments said no one needed that explaining .