* Posts by James Dore

73 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Aug 2007

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Microsoft warns: Windows 11 update breaks provisioning

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Re: Eduroam CAT

Wireless is a shitshow. Eduroam is just one of the more widely-used implementations, thus more reports and more complaints.

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Facepalm

Kerberos Cross-Realm trust logins also borked...

We saw all our W11 22H2-updated machines fail to log users in if they were using Kerberos credentials. There was an error message about time discrepancies and then a refusal to log in. AD credentials worked ok, but most of our users use their University SSO (Kerberos) credentials. Total Phuqage ensued.

Rejoice! System Administrator Appreciation Day (SAAD) is nigh

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Flame

A goddamn RAISE.

New audio server Pipewire coming to next version of Ubuntu

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Joke

A new Linux standard?

Yay. https://xkcd.com/927/

Google Docs crashed when fed 'And. And. And. And. And.'

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Coat

"Keystroke Kops" shurely?!

Chill out to the sounds of an expert typing on a variety of mechanical keyboards

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Model M was a Robust Horse

Replacement cables are available, if you have one with the modular plug in the end. They even include USB connections now ;-D

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Coat

Misses the point.

The sound is not the attraction of a mechanical keyboard, the most important aspect is the FEEL.

This is not something you can outsource to KaaS, it has to be most definitely on-prem.

There's only one cure for passive-aggressive Space Invader bosses, and that's more passive aggression

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Huh, wonder which company that could have been.

Sounds like the author could write a Novell-a about life there.

Remember when you thought fax machines were dead-matter teleporters? Ah, just me, then

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Excellent article. “Nostalgia is memory gone wrong.” Perfect.

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user

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Pint

eeee, when ah were a lad....

I'm not saying I'm old, but this kind of tale was doing the rounds on the alt.bofh newsgroup in the early 90's.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

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Crikey, the TrackMan Marble rides again. I had an Apple Desktop Bus version of this in 1998, and still have several USB versions at home and work. They're fantastic, extremely comfortable, and need less space than a mouse which is great for my cluttered desks.

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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OOooooooh yeah. That's why I write it on the tape covering the plug, socket and switch.

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Flame

Had similar. Cleaners dusting the top of the portable AC units we had been given to cool the server room in the back of the IT office. Said AC units had touch-sensitive controls, and the dusting switched them off.

We got proper AC installed on the back of this, and a lock on the server room door.

Tech can endure the most inhospitable environments: Space, underwater, down t'pit... even hairdressers

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Flame

Library Catalogue very terminal

I used to do tech support in the Bodleian library, Oxford. They had some ancient Compusys 386sx pc's that loaded DOS, an IP stack, and Telnet to present the OLIS catalogue to readers. These had been there so long that they were full of dust. We only got asked to upgrade them when one started smouldering and set off the smoke alarms.

Bet you can't guess what I'm wearing, or where I'm wearing it

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Happy

<misty eyed>

Aaaaahh. NTK, of Blessed memory. Marvellous, and no frigging graphics to clog up your browser.

BOFH: What's the Gnasher? Why, it's our heavy-duty macerator sewage pump

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Re: Colour me shocked...

I've found Acorn RiscPC's, an Archimedes, and an IBM RS6000 all doing this. Nothing so common as an Amiga though.

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Flame

We've got a couple of these guys who appear whenever some ancient PC with proprietary software written in FORTRAN-77.SpecialVersion connected to massive multi-million-pound scientific research kit craps out. Usually a laser or something.

It just wasn't meant toupee: Bloke nicked at Barcelona Airport with €30k of blow under wig

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The cocaine in Spain is smuggled mainly on the brain?

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

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Mushroom

NOOOOOO!

NOOOOOOOO!

NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: Snowflakes

Look for the White Moose Cafe on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, #bloggergate

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Coat

Good sub-ed needed....

Can someone sub-edit this article so it's actually readable please? I got fed up with trying to decipher the typos, misplaced apostrophes and general misspellings halfway through.

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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Mushroom

Re: Nice

Use Kubuntu instead. None of that Gnome nonsense.

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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That last line. Wisdom of the Buddha.

Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

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Re: *ubuntu

True that. Whatever resolution I run Gnome at, it still manages to look like 640x480.

Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Not just Virgin....

It's affecting JISC systems too, who provide internet connectivity for .ac.uk institutions: https://twitter.com/jiscmi

Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Meh

808?

How about an 808 chip? Maybe they could then go for a Proper 80's icon, and make the world's biggest operational Ibanez TubeScreamer.

Day 2: UK research network Janet still being slapped by DDoS attack

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Coat

Re: Need to get back to my assignment but

They fail then - they're attacking the wrong level. University internal networks were unaffected since the DNS attack only affected requests for stuff outside of the local DNS servers' domain(s). Since any University worth its salt would have their own internal DNS serves handling their domain requests, internal traffic was unaffected. So submitting your assignment from a University's email server to a user on the same server would have worked as normal!

Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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Has he always been here?

Loved the Vorlon quote late on. #Kosh

Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: He should go free...

In the source article on Ars Technica [1], he is quoted as saying he used No.8 bird shot in his shotgun:

"Now, if I’d have had a .22 rifle, I should have gone to jail for that. The diameter of those things are going to come down with enough force to hurt somebody. Number 8 birdshot is not. Number 8 is the size of a pinhead. The bottom line is that it's a right to privacy issue and defending my property issue. It would have been no different had he been standing in my backyard. As Americans, we have a right to defend our rights and property."

- So he selected ammunition specifically to avoid injury when it came down. Seems like a reasonable response.

[1] http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/07/kentucky-man-shoots-down-drone-hovering-over-his-backyard/

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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All those things are accessible via the network or wirelessly now. Cloud storage and networked printers abound, Bluetooth mice et al are the most requested peripheral we buy. It's only the fact that I've got crap broadband (at the moment) at home that keeps me carrying an external HDD around, but in two weeks time I won't need it, even to take whopping ISO images home.

Part 3: Docker vs hypervisor in tech tussle SMACKDOWN

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Joke

Yeah...

... is it Web Scale?

Structural storage industry changes green light Cisco

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Random Word Headline Makes No Sense

Which illiterate came up with the headline for this article? I have no idea what it means.

Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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Drebin?

Surely you can't be serious?

Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs

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Coat

Do competent sub-editors exist any more?

"The fundamental shift is that vulnerabilities occur in all methodologies, but in *continuously <-ly> deployment* there..."

""How many people *live*<d> through the days of out of band patches?"

"When that vulnerability comes *in <it?> is* world-ending,"

"Continuous deployment *mean*<t> continuous security and allowed "

"A *vulnerabilities* <vulnerability, singular> and its impact... "

"While this appeared to put the burden of sorting real bugs from the many more false ones <on to what/where/whom?>, it ensured ..."

Back to skool.

Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Unhappy

Re: Touchscreens suck on laptops

Google "Optimus Maximus" and then soil yourself at the price. Very very high initial startup costs.

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Boffin

Touchscreens suck on laptops

Touchscreens in the vertical plane are wrist-achingly bad for anything other than very brief use, unless you're standing up. I'd be very surprised to see macbooks with touchscreens, especially as the multi-touch trackpad is brilliant (and far better than any implementation in the Windows world). Now, if they don't release a 13" Pro that can take more than 8GB of memory, I'll be very annoyed....

Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

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Mushroom

"Let's Study" would get a good showing in Eurovision.

India uncloaks new thorium nuke plants

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+1 to petition also. Really liked the summary of UK Energy policy at the end as well. Top stuff!

PlayBook stock mountain: RIM slashes prices

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Flame

Recession? What Recession?

Glad to see someone's got money to burn! Trebles all round!

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FAIL

Flash? Naa-aaah!

Iknorite? I though that if that was all that was good enough about it to make the adverts, then they were beyond the event horizon of screwed. Blackberry are circling the drain, and have been for months. Release their BBM and mail cleverness as an Android and iPhone app, and leave the hardware and OS manufacture to those that know what they're doing.

BOFH: Beer, shinies, death by fire, rats IN THAT ORDER

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Mushroom

Spot on....

" ../(because if you're going to release some buggy firmware that disables the management software, you may as well go the whole way and stuff the SSH server as well)... " Oooooh yeah.....

A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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Coffee/keyboard

Why I buy Big Brand desktops.

When I first started in IT work, fresh out of college, my employer was in the middle of a migrate to Windows 95 (ahh, happy days. Except Win95.) They had to purchase new hardware too, despite having reasonable 486 DX100/120's to run it on. Turns out they'd bought them from a UK system builder that built their own motherboards. Which had a fault. After 30 or so failures, we were informed that there were no more spares, and they weren't making any more. That's the rest of the custom-made 1-year-old machines up the spout then.

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Trollface

Self destruct switch

ITYM "operated BY a tool"

Boffins develop method of driving computers insane

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Terminator

Oh goody, psychotic computers....

I for one welcome our evil and unbalanced electronic overlords.

Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?

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Thank you!

This was part of our risk assessment, which went roughly thus (I'm paraphrasing):

Either:

a) Encase and filter /entire 42u rack/ - Approx £2k, delay project start by two days

or

b) move server: requiring new, temporary, (exposed and vulnerable) fibre laid from current location to new location that's not under refurb or occupied (only suitable area was an unused bathroom, no mains power) Cost unconfirmed.

or

c) If firewall fails replace with spare unit in storage that has same image on it.

Guess which one we did.

Ballerina canned for flashing her assets

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Badgers

Mmmhemheheh hurrhurr

You said "Weiner" Mmmmhunhmmeheh!

BT feathers ruffled over pigeon-based file transfer caper

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Coat

Re: Not a fair comparison

If the recipient rang the sender to say "yeah, pigeon's here", that sounds like TCP to me....

Amazon takes Kindle to the UK

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Boffin

Better off with an iPad and the Kindle reader App....

The Kindle software for iPad (and other iOS devices, Macs and PC's ) is a much better idea. Having tried both, I find Apple's hardware is much nicer than the Kindle, and you can do more with it. I like the Kindle system for reading books, and that your notes, bookmarks, and whatnot are sync'd between all your subscribed Kindle installations, but I hated the hardware. Much prefer the iPad.

Before the iPad, there was the Newton

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Jobs Halo

Sigh. Still no better note-taker.

I had an MP120, which I bought in 1997. It got signed by Douglas Adams, but I was a tool, and never covered, or replaced, the flip cover that he signed, so it wore off. Bah. Anyway, I then got an MP2k, which was awesome, and which still works, even on Wifi. There isn't anything electronic that yet comes close to it for taking notes, even the iPad; the resistive and slightly textured screen on the MessagePads is great for writing on, and very robust for poking with the stylus.

Anyone know of any good styli for the iPad? And if Inkwell (Ghost of Newton, which lives on in Mac OS X, and is summoned if you connect a graphics tablet) got ported and hidden?

Samsung YP-Q2 v. Sony E-series deathmatch

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Sony Controls....

... look a bit 'Mickey Mouse'.

Can't help thinking they're both a bit irrelevant though.

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