* Posts by cd / && rm -rf *

141 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jan 2016


PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: asking people on the ground ...

"convince rich twits that they needed ultra-thin"

"a Raspberry Pi can handle email, internet banking and fartbook"

Fabulous. With an attitude like that, you should be writing for el Reg regularly.

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Virgin on the ridiculous.

Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Re: "Never give a Nazi a break." - this all depends"

"I don't care about counts"

... but I'm going to whine about it anyway.

Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: I did it another way...

"Would you share please" a-msedge.net a.ads2.msads.net adnexus.net aidps.atdmt.com az361816.vo.msecnd.net az512334.vo.msecnd.net b.ads1.msn.com b.ads2.msads.net c.atdmt.com c.msn.com cdn.atdmt.com cds26.ams9.msecn.net db3aqu.atdmt.com ec.atdmt.com feedback.microsoft-hohm.com flex.msn.com g.msn.com h1.msn.com lb1.www.ms.akadns.net live.rads.msn.com m.adnxs.com msedge.net msnbot-65-55-108-23.search.msn.com msntest.serving-sys.com preview.msn.com reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com sO.2mdn.net schemas.microsoft.akadns.net secure.flashtalking.com settings-win.data.microsoft.com statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com telemetry.appex.bing.net wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com

plus probably others.

Also be aware that Slurp's "telemetry" bypasses the hosts file and talks direct to the relevant IPs, so you need to block in an external firewall or your router.

Another vote for Spybot Anti-Beacon here. Re-run after any updates. You'll see how Slurp resets all the privacy settings you've carefully and laboriously set.

HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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"keen naval gazers"


Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

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"Lol. Virgin 200 Mbps is awesome. And under 40 notes a month"


Suck it up, bitch.

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Re: voltage

"EU standard is 230v plus or minus 20v"

Nope. It's 230v +10% / -6%.

So 253v max, 216v min.

It’s 2017 and Hayes AT modem commands can hack luxury cars

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: more needed than ever

"pick up the mantle, probably under a different name and in a different form"

Already done. palemoon.org

Firefox without the bloat. Built on Firefox sources, so most add-ons run too. Used in combination with uBlock Origin and NoScript, websites load in the blink of an eye with no annoying crap.

Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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Fsck me ...

Chris Evans is talent ? Last one out of the UK, turn the lights off...

IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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Re: The 'Hours Plan'

" it was unclear as to which tool actually generated the email"

One wonders whether the tool in question is software or wetware.

IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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"Tesco Coagulante"

Thought I recognised the name. Worked with her at a small computer firm (IBM dealer) in north western England in the late 80s/early 90s. Recall her being very ambitious.

Her StinkedIn profile is interesting. Joined IBM and has assiduously climbed the greasy pole since.

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Boadicea House

"Street view allows you to see gennies at the DC too"

A very fetching shade of blue.

Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: More like from the 1970s


Wondering why your post got 3 downvotes. It was spot on.

Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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"rather stained his Google search history"


Strap yourself in, fasten your helmet, and try out FreeNAS 11.0-RC

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NAS or OS?

This lot need to decide if they're producing NAS software or something more all-purpose. C'mon, virtual machines in a NAS? Really?

It's a classic case of creature feep like systemd. They'd be wise to heed the *nix philosophy: "do one thing and do it very well".

IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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"Overtime? What's that?"

"1 hour time in lieue for 8 hours work"

"seen people RA'd who have had far more time owed to them because they'd been working ridiculous hours"

"freeze on contractor renewals"

"getting approval to pay overtime (capped at 20 hours) for three weeks worth of work"

"working up to 80 hours every week"

"got canned the night before he was due to start"

IBM is fucked. You're fucked. Get out while you can still get a good reference.

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: I havent got the bandwidth yet

"the advertisers have no clue if we are seeing their shit or not"

You'll like this, then.

FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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'Ajit' rhymes with 'eejit'. How apposite.


Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: Re:US "Edison" plugs fall out of the socket

Chargy McPhonetard

Upvoted just for that.

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Creators Update, or how to apply lipstick to a pig.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Zombie hard disk

"blocks inputs for a couple of seconds, beeps at you instead"

That'd be even more annoying than the jumping-around crap.

Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global

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My heart bleeds for Google.

Honestly. Really. Hand on heart.


Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: See MS *does* love Linux

"/me thinks of the TV screen from 'Idiocracy' that has 3/4 of its area COVERED in moving advertisements, while the middle 25% of the screen has the actual content in it..."

I offer you this.

BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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"The position itself has all the prestige of an unflushed turd and, as such, tends to attract the human version of the blowfly"

The H&S guy at one place I worked was not known as the Work Prevention Officer for nothing.

Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

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"delete the Linux distros downloaded by the work experience kid"

ITYM pr0n and w4r3z.

And don't forget the BitTorrent client busily seeding GoT, the Magicians, Mr Robot, etc. etc. over the company's nice fat pipe.

Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

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Everyone in the IT industry knows you don't push out major software updates on a Friday with the weekend looming.

Either this was a to fix a serious 0-day and they couldn't wait, or clueless PHBs ordered the techs to push it out regardless. Or both.

Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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Too many PHBs.

"seven successive levels of management"

I think I see the problem. Seven levels of management? Jeez.

It's a wonder anything gets done in that company. Oh, wait...

It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

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Re: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."

"I suspect the author of this piece believes whole-heartedly in the title quote from Karl Mark as well"

That's Karl Marx, idiot. Such a fundamental mistake puts the rest of your swivel-eyed Trumpian diatribe into perspective.

Christmas cheer for KCL staffers with gift of extra holiday after IT disaster

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Two days. Whoopee fuckie doo. While the vice chancellor of KCL trousers £458,000.


Nice to know you're appreciated, IT staff.

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Fuck you, HBO.

Makes me glad I torrented every single ep of GoT.

By the way... Winter is coming.

A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: "WileyFox"

"Not strong on names, are they?"

Would you have preferred WileyCoyote ?

Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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"Something in W7 has changed in the last year that makes it very unpredictable to get the Bluetooth speaker to work every time"

Might be this?


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Re: It's still free

"It's still free"

And worth precisely what you paid for it.

Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Re: I wonder

"means that your stripping out protections"

you're. A contraction of "you are".

Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

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"threatened to do something unspeakable to the mother of Apple France's commercial director as well as defecate in his mouth"

How would anyone be able to tell? All marketdroids spout shit.

Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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"something that does not stay aloft by repelling the ground with ugliness"


US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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So what exactly are VW going to do with 475,000 used cars? Dump them at sea?

Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

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"the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter has entered safe mode"

Serves them right for using Windows. The first BSOD in space?

Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi you, you're fired: Apple sacks staff secretly snapping shoppers

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"3.5mm jack-offs"

Gold. Absolute gold.

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

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"The moment someone says "Trust Me" it's time to pull out the bullshitometer and watch the needle hit the red zone"

If I could upvote that a million times, I would.

'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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Re: Wrong usage

"Personal Korean Barbeque Kit. Didn't he also receive cast iron pot and wire grill?"

Don't forget the dog.

TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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"It had the most 0s the authority could hand out"

So the ICO gave TalkTalk a good gumming. Talk about toothless watchdogs.

Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

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Re: $650 is nothing to MS

"a thousand pricks"

I think you just described Microsoft's managers.

Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

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Re: Also take a look at the Corpus Christi clock

"with the Chronophage on top"

There's another Chronophage at the Science Museum in London. It completely blew me away; I emailed the inventor, John Taylor to thank him and had a very nice reply.


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Re: I remember Acorn

I was asked to go and install VMS on a MicroVax that Acorn had just bought

That is interesting, since you see hints of VMS exposure in Acorn's subsequent machines. *I AM SYST to log into an Econet server as SYST(EM), for example. Using $ as the root directory on disk filing systems.

And in the way RISC OS picks up on the VMS usage of system variables with a $ in them, e.g. Run$Path, File$Path, Sys$Date, etc. in RISC OS vs. SYS$SYSPROMPT, SYS$SYSOUTPUT, etc. in VMS.

Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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"Demons infest California"

I would have thought it far more likely to be evil daemons, such as systemd.

Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Re: Only 1 year?

"I'd have thrown the flight manual at him"

That's be a terrible waste of a nice iPad.

(some airlines have replaced the flight manuals with iPads)

World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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"LOAD "$" ,8"

Which promptly wiped out the program you'd just spent two hours painstakingly typing in from a dot-matrix printout in a magazine.

And disk drives that were slower than cassette recorders.

Ah, these were the days.

What's Chinese and crashing in flames? No, not its economy – its crocked space station

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They sent a missile up to blow a satellite to smithereens, so why not do the same for this?