* Posts by PeteS46

7 posts • joined 22 Oct 2016

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?


First test the tester.

Then do the test.

Last - test the tester again.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42


First Contact

In 1978 I inhabited a computer-nerd collective called 'Galdor Computing'. (In Surbiton as unlikely as that seems.)

One Sunday I was cooking late-lunch for the inhabitants (we didn't rise with the larks!) and turned the house radio on, BBC R4 of course, not knowing what was happening apart from it was too late for 'The Archers' (thank your own deity!) And there was something new on, interesting and funny. So I turned on the 'all stations' mode, so everyone in the house, office and mainframe room could hear.

IIRC, Arthur and Ford were about to be thrown off their transport or have to suffer the Vogon Captain's poetry.

Gradually the whole crew of Galdor accumulated in the house, to better hear the feed without the noise of the fans cooling several ancient mainframes. Anything that could capture the attention of a disparate crew of bright, technology obsessed nerds should't have been fascinating to the mundane world. But it was!

If Tesco was prodded and probed by hackers, your data could be being flogged for just £2.70 – research



Very little helps.

(Tesco's staff forum!)

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically


I'm a (something), which is legal, non-violent and quite usual nowadays. But if 'the powers that be' decide that (somethingism) is a threat to the state (probably because it will reduce the profits on some megacorp) then I'll be a criminal. And us (somethings) will be hunted down using, for example, facial recognition technology. 'For the greater good' to quote some spoof cop flic!

Has no-one read '1984' recently?

Spanking the pirates of corporate security? Try a Plimsoll


Great word

I really like "fustercluck"!

It's your walkie-talkie Teams mate, over. 'You don't have to say Over, over'. Copy that. Stop making the static noise, over and out


Re: "Over and out"

AFAIK 'Over and Out' was invented by Hollywood scripwriters who wanted their characters to sound 'official'.

Correct procedure is 'Over' when a reply is expected or 'Out' when a reply is unwanted because the conversation is finished.

Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge


OOPS! West Drayton is? (used to be) where the Lord of the UK Skies lives (aka Distress and Diversion - who you call if you REALLY have a problem). If they are OOS then both civil and military aviation around UK are at severe risk. Hopefully they have enough redundant circuits and diverse routing to cope. Anyone know different?


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