* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

2724 posts • joined 17 Sep 2015

Tesco self-service separates innocent Reg reader from beer after collapsing into heap of Windows dialog boxes

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Re: Self service check outs

The ones we have at work (M&S shop on site) are pretty fast and efficient.

My only complaint is the noise - they are constantly yelling out at top top volume what is on the screen (for partially sighted people i guess) .

I just wish the programmers had implemented "If this step is completed - stop yelling it out" code.

its constantly telling you (and the rest of the shop) what you just did 2 button presses ago!

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Re: Self service check outs

and why?

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

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I must be really lucky in that i never get nuisance calls and have never had to block any

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Re: "if a user sees the business's name then they are more likely to actually take the call"

what if its a busines you DO have business with , but havent programmed all their numbers in?

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Re: "if a user sees the business's name then they are more likely to actually take the call"

"In in US the hospital gets into privacy problems"

you've gotta be shitting me.

well , u seem to be assuming the patient is unconscious.

what if they say

"I lost my mobile , please call my son"?

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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unlike most hacking incidents, this will be easier to sort out because presumably the perpetrators will have written their real names when booking!

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They should do that with Glastonbury , and any other fast sellout events.

the 'fancy slots' arnt even a factor in those circumstances too

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

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Re: Power!


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Re: Power!

I used to do that !

why throw 60m of cable away when you could lose only 30?

..might even get a useable 15 out of it too

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Re: Not met a demon

"Getting Windows to stay up that long without a reboot (let alone logged in) was pretty much impossible..."

Why would you wanna? thats just cruel

Ghost of Windows past spotted haunting Yorkshire railway station

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Re: Yes, retired, uhuh

well , my I.T dept must be doing something right. I havent had any trouble with windows 10 apart from the stupid interface , but once i got a few shortcuts on the start manu ,

its pretty transparent ie i dont see the os , i just start vis studio and ssms and get on with my day.

win-R is very handy , all the old stuff you'put in there is still the same

Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report

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Re: Dystopian Nightmares Inc.

...and what happens inside these major cities?

apart from the rent being 10x higher?

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Re: Trump & Bezos

My dad likes to say "Trump would be worth more if he had just left his inheritance in the bank"

Anyone know if theres any truth in that?

Techie studied ancient ways of iSeries machine, saved day when user unleashed eldritch powers, got £50 gift voucher

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Re: However, he also got a reputation...

all you pussies should let everyone know your number , in case its needed ,

and then get all outraged if they take the piss.

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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Re: High tide only

neap are the lowest high tides.

(and the highest low tides)

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Re: They could

if you jumped down the hole you'd decelerate on the other side just in time to step out of the ozzies hole , air resistance not withstanding.

Even weirder , the same applies to any straight line tunnel dug thorough the Earth regardless of wether it goes through the centre. friction and air resistance not withstanding.

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay

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Re: eBay, PayPal and Amazon customer support

Fortunately, in the UK the credit (not debit) card rules force the card companies to properly process chargebacks when things go wrong with a PayPal processed payment. I always think at least twice before using PayPal to process a card payment, and often just don't take the risk.

do they? I've just read somewhere above that a credit card company wriggled out of refunding claiming the money had been "moved through a secondary" or some shit , ie paypal.

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Im still extremely confused how it got paid for if he didnt have money or credit.

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Re: Christ, what assholes - A second-hand car or truck dealer show compassion‽

a private sale isnt going to take a credit card payment directly , and thus let yuou make use of article 75.

All you can do is look at the car first , or when you turn up to collect it and not pay if not up to scratch.

You cant always tell , but thems the risks.

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Re: Christ, what assholes

no thanks, id rather not have to put card details into every site , both for security and laziness reasons

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Re: Unlikely story

there is no way i would have trusted any employer i've worked for to pay that promptly enough, just down to tripping several near sighted corporate buerocrisy rules.

- only biuld up so much flexi ir you lose it

- no overtime we cant afford it - um, but you pass that directly to the custmoer with mark up and make profit wtf, no i have to explain why i cant stay and finish the job even when they say money is no object.

- you want to claim 30k back on petty cash? no sorry , the limit is one pack of postits. um , yeah but i was helping the company out , saving the day , preventing us losing a huge customer becasue our finance dept still use ink blotters ....

"well that was silly of you wasnt it"


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Re: Unlikely story

ah , that weird national savings bank? IS&L or something?

That one with stupid 9 digit account numbers that you cant transfer to from anyone else bank cos 9 digits?

so your forced to transfer by debit card.

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Re: Unlikely story

We call them "Chelsea Tractors" over here

No we dont, thats an SUV

I'm still find it weird that most americans have "trucks" , like pickups. 2 seats , impractical in a lotta ways. (and cool!)

And i'm sure they'll come up with myriad reasons - like alligators

But you could use other vehicles for 90% of those reasons.

Its just a cultural thing i guess, that pickups (real open back pickups with cargo beds) are as common as cars in the US

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Re: As far as eBay and PayPal are concerned

so you want to abandon secure logins in favour of scribbled biro?

" where I signed for this"

Signatures prove absolutely fuck all . Its just a weird tradition that they are held as the be all and end all of authentication.

Its about time people (i mean instituitions) got that 17th century bullshit out of their heads.

Ex-Apple engineer lifts lid on Uncle Sam's top-secret plan to turn customized iPod into 'Geiger counter'

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Re: Supposition!

Would they go around "the city" waving their iPod at people, or what?

yeah , they'd be better housing it in one of those PKE detectors from Ghostbusters, much less suspicious and more room for the components

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Me too! but i used the AC tag, clever eh?

So if you cant tell people you've signed it ... then the whole "i'd tell you but id have to kill you " thing is out the window...

where does it end?

"What do you do at BAE?"

"cant tell you"

"Aha! because you've signed the official secrets act! i'm reporting you for admitting that!"

Securus sued for 'recording attorney-client jail calls, handing them to cops' – months after settling similar lawsuit

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What is the whole point of securephone's business??

The article says it costs 100x the going rate to run a "prison phone" the only benefit appears to be calls are recorded.

Dont call centres , and every other business do that anyway? (for training purposes!)

The pbx's ive worked on have lots of wonderful features like who gets to dial out of state / country etc etc

why do they need extremely costly "prison phones?"

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Re: Intent

if business did that proportionatley , eg "you keep 10% ", or whatevers a suitable amount , it would get rid of the "Quick spend all the money or we wont get the same amount next year" wasteful mentality

UK lockdown easing heralds the return of burgers... and bork

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Re: Eat out to help out?

Apparently McD is the biggest toy distributor in the world.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit

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Re: 10 format c: /y

its unlikely there'd be an autoexec.bat after line 10.

and it wouldnt just stay in memory and cycle , cmd files do weird shit if you change their code while theyre running ive noticed

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: It sometimes works the other way

"nor has any company I've worked for"

Just playing Devils advocate here but perhaps if you are responsible for buying hundreds or 1000s of drives for a company you could , look at independent reviews and stamina tests or whatever, rather than just writing off one of the biggest companies because of one little incident on their retail side.

jus saying...

I cant remember if Seagate actually do have an industry wide dodgy rep or not .

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Re: Rudest, Dumbest - same thing no?

I'm not sure any of the other replies to this comment realised that was a story of infuriatingly hopeless helldesk , rather than user.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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lie detector

I made a WMI remote query tool that would answer the question

"Have you turned it off and on again?" *

before you asked it.

* as well as many other questions often too difficult for the user like "what OS is it?" or "Whats your phone number?"

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Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

you never have to print the email! are you sure you thought about it?

Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*

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looks like those big buggers are now Ostrich-sized.

Reply-All storm flares as email announcing privacy policy puts 500 addresses in the 'To' field, not 'BCC'

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spectacular tripple whammy!

see title.

1) privacy breach

2) done by "mailer" service - you had one job!

3) done with privacy policy

You couldnt make it up!

Collabera hacked: IT staffing'n'services giant hit by ransomware, employee personal data stolen

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bit of an own goal when a company selling I.T. services falls victim to this sort of thing

All in all it's just another bork on the wall: For pity's sake, begs signage, climb onto the pub's roof and boot me up

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Re: Network related?

well , you know with SSDs running at about £25 quid each , you cant afford too many fall through levels

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Re: The writing's on the wall

Good detectiving!

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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£3.25m each, which isn't going to surprise many.

it surprises me , given that a $6 bowl is probaly a 1200% markup , that they wernt trousering a couple of million a year each.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: Just which week?

Firstly he got the name slightly wrong , ok , never mind

Second , he said the exact same thing as you .

Whats the distinction you were trying to make with #2 ?

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Re: When will people learn

100% agree. Obviously racism is never good. But it's also not worth expressing ANYTHING publicly in this day and age, that isn't very privately between you and your best friend.


did you mean

a) "The only things worth expressing in public are the things that are private between you and best friend" ?

b) "Dont say anything in public you wouldnt say to your best friend"

c) other

a & b dont make any sense, to me at least.

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Re: He may have been taught, but Mr. F**ktard didn't learn a thing...

well lets hope so.

of course its " desperate damage limitation" , it doesent matter how eloquent the apology , its still just obviously to protect his business.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: 5 violent burglars on a BBC one programme yesterday and they all had "the look@

All the lesbians i know have ex husbands and children

(2 of , now married to each other)

With intelligent life in scant supply on Earth, boffins search for technosignatures of civilizations in the galaxy

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Re: Evidence?

Surely the thing to look for is (the original plan A) radio transmissions that are opbviously intelligently created? these will be beaming out from the planet , so more easily detected than measuring the amoutnof poluution , or the amount of fast food joints.

When we start recieving Alien Allie McBeal ...

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Re: Reminds me of a song

"Especially the last line of the lyrics of this one"

Without looking imma gonna guess thats the Eric Idle universe song , the last line being

"Theres bugger all down here on earth."

wuz i right?

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I mourn the fax machine

This really grinds my gears. There ibsolutley no reason for anyone to queue on a phone line . they could ring u back in the order people called them , but thats another story.

What i really resent is that big utility companies dont have a "Ticket" system where you can log your beef , by typing in a form , they get round to looking at it then transfer the conversation to you to read their reply and react , and so on , back and forth.

simple. Like we do in I.T all the time.

Instead the closest you get are these stupid chat bots that after an hour of chatting advise they are powerless to do anything becasue thay arnt sure its you , so someone will call you on the phone - which they dont

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Re: Fax will never die!

good points. People keep touting fax as "secure" , but it isnt really.

The only saving grace is I reckon you'd have to be in the vicinity of the sender or reciever to tap the line, whereas with email you could be anywhere .

It reeks of "Security by obscurity"

Anybody with a mind to could find a business they know is receiving a lot of card details or whatever by fax , fit a tap on the line and leave an automatic harvest running for months

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Re: Fax will never die!

" to pay most of the monthly bills"

how the hell does that work??

You fax them a copy of some £10 notes? :)

no , seriously , who , how ?

Apart from just faxing your card details to some machine ...

how does that work?

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Re: Fax will never die!

Amazing, presumably due to cushy govt / educayional contracts there was wasnt any need to compete , innovate ,modernise, provide usable software or any of that tricky stuff


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