* Posts by Robert Moore

657 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007


An irritating itch down the back of your neck? Searing midsummer heat? Of course, it can only be SysAdmin Day

Robert Moore

Re: Colonies of sysadmins have a single queen

The beloved Moderatrix is responsible for creating my favourite initialism of all time. ODFO





For the youngsters out there.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

Robert Moore

So here is a question for the group.

Let's try to keep it civil, because I am actually interested in the answer.

I personally don't use Win 10 for much. But when I do I am always surprised be how ugly Windows has become.

Now this is my opinion, and I am interested in what you think. It used to be that Linux desktop environments were pretty ugly, and Windows (after 95) were inoffensive, and pretty clean.

But when I look at Win 10 I find it hideously ugly, inconsistent, and poorly designed.

Flat buttons.

Tabs that don't look like tabs.

Cluttered start menu.

Ads in an OS I (My employer) paid for.


While my Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop seems fairly consistent and clean by comparison. (I freely admit it is not perfect.)

Other opinions?

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

Robert Moore

Re: I haven't a funny quip to add to all these.

What if he tried and just ended up with egg on his face?

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

Robert Moore

Re: of all of the possible choices...they made this one

"Is that bean juice?"

Human bean juice.

Reporting live from Gartner pandemic watch: IT spending is shrinking by X this year, I mean Y

Robert Moore
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Re: Wow, what insight

> Honestly, what is the use of Gartner ? Could someone please explain why it still exists when it either just states the obvious or gets it completely wrong ?

Whatever they predict, bet on the opposite happening, and you will clean up. :)

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

Robert Moore

Re: Argh

> I find that extremely offensive towards David Spade!

Don't worry, he will be required to change his name.

Better get Grandpa off Windows 7 because zero-day bug in Zoom allows remote code execution on vintage OS

Robert Moore
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Try moving gramma to Windows 10, if you like pain.

All my grandparents, and my mother have unfortunately passed. As for my father I am counting the days until I can collect on his life insurance.

However I do help out with my girlfriends elderly aunt who simply can not understand why the new windows is worse than the old, can't understand why the new mail program is worse than outlook express, and why they had to change everything. (I can't say I disagree with her.)

Thank dog for teamviewer.

Honestly I doubt it would have been any more painful to just move her to Linux.

FYI, I did move my, non-technical, mother to Linux a few years before her passing, and it was mostly painless, after the first week or so questions of "What program do I use now instead of Internet Explorer?"

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

Robert Moore

Re: At a loss

Hmm, I guess i will have to sell mine off. Thanks for letting me know they are valuable. :)

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'

Robert Moore

Re: Think long term...

I changed the spelling to L - I - N - U - X a LONG time ago. I swear way too much using Windows.

I even converted my GF to Linux.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

Robert Moore

> "As you can understand, we are not authorised to fully disclose all this sensitive information to third parties, for obvious reasons."


>The reason? It's bullshit.

Careful, that's a trade secret.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

Robert Moore

Re: Make American Garnish Again

I totally read that in Maxwell Smart's voice.

I wonder if Get Smart is available on any streaming service. Off I go to check.

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Not sure what device is about to die in my house.

I obviously have something that is on this "service" since I got the email.

But honestly I have no idea what it is. I guess I will find out when it stops working.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

Robert Moore

Had the same thought.




At least that was my thought process.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

Robert Moore
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Re: Times like these, the good will be remembered

I have been pleasantly surprised how many companies are being socially responsible. Places closing their doors. A local drug store that has made the first hour of every day seniors time. With only seniors allowed in the store, and the (Normally one day a week) seniors discount applied as well.

People will remember.

Hong Kong makes wearable trackers mandatory for new arrivals, checks in with ‘surprise calls’ too

Robert Moore

Re: comma

"Register journalists are probably working from home, beside their beer fridge, and are doing their best in difficult circumstances"

But for how long.... For... How... Long...

Based on the journalists I know those beer fridges have to be seriously depleted already. What happens to journalism them all the journalists are sober?

I shudder at the thought.

Let's Encrypt: OK, maybe nuking three million HTTPS certs at once was a tad ambitious. Let's take time out

Robert Moore

Was probably always the plan.

Tell people their cert will get revoked. Lots get fixed right away.

Lessons the risk, while not breaking things too badly.

Overall not a bad plan. If that is what it was.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

Robert Moore

Re: Still a problem though

"What else do you think we're going to do with that 60 GHz 128-bits wide 119 ExaFLOP supercomputer we have here in our Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada warehouse?"

As a Vancouver native, what I really want to know is how many FPS on Quake?

Pope tells his followers to log off for Lent

Robert Moore

I would just like to say in response:

"tips on how to address the Pope – remember to genuflect when approached and "kiss his ring, when appropriate"."

As a self-described Recovering Catholic, I would just like to say:

Correction: Hell no.

Larry Tesler cut and pasted from this mortal coil: That thing you just did? He probably invented it

Robert Moore

Re: The AI Effect

"You're a big collection of atoms,..."

Are you calling me fat?

It's always DNS, especially when you're on holiday with nothing but a phone on GPRS

Robert Moore

Best advice I was ever given...

When you fix something, especially anything out of normal working hours, make sure everyone knows it. Email the whole damn company if you have to. Let them know what the problem was and a bit about what extraordinary steps you took to fix the issue. Helps a lot with getting your hard/late/early work recognized.

Obviously use judgement when choosing to email the entire company. :)

A user's magnetic charm makes for a special call-out for our hapless hero

Robert Moore


I worked with a guy years ago who was damn near religious in his refusal to use magnetized screwdrivers when working on PCs. Mostly towers at that time, and you could lose a lot of blood working on them if you weren't very careful. I finally took apart a defective HDD and showed him the 2 rare earth magnets inside the drive, about 1cm away from the HDD platters.

It was fun watching the light go on over his head when he realized that his fear was totally unfounded.

It was a common belief at the time. (Some still believe it today.) I use an old HDD magnet to magnetize my screwdrivers. :)

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

Robert Moore
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Re: As a Canadian

What about simple self interest?

How would reporting my boss' boss' boss' ... boss help me?

If it is some kind of BS test, My answer is I didn't see them, I don't look at things that are none of my business. We all can see what happens when you report C level people.

Best answer is keep it to yourself, and have a little chuckle about it to yourself from time to time. I am NOT the morality police, and I do not want the job.

Robert Moore

As a Canadian

This was poorly dealt with all around.

Out of all the jobs I have have I have seen a lot of porn on computers. What have I done about it? Nothing. I copied the files over, that was my job at the time, On one occasion I had a quiet word with the person later that it was a bit much.

When I worked at a PC retailer on the, not infrequent, times where I repaired a computer and found porn/nudes as the background I would change the background back to the windows default, without comment.

What you have on your computer is none of my business.

Internet jerk with million-plus fans starts 14-year stretch for bizarre dot-com armed robbery

Robert Moore

Re: that, and ...

... harder to extrapolate the test results to human beings.

Harder to extrapolate the results to humans, from lawyers or rats? I am unsure?

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas

Robert Moore

I totally want a cyclotron in my car.

I also want an unlicensed nuclear accelerator strapped to my back.

NASA boffins tackle Nazi alien in space – with the help of Native American tribal elders

Robert Moore

Re: If I recall correctly....

Not sure about that, but it was one of the first planets visited by the crew of Moonbase Alpha on Space 1999

They found the crew of a lost space probe, who lived forever on the planet, but died nearly instantly after leaving.

GPS cyberstalking of girlfriend brings surveillance and indictment for alleged American mobster

Robert Moore

Two questions

How do you hide a GLS tracker INSIDE an oil pan? How would the girlfriend have access to the oil pan on a city bus?

YouTuber charged loads of fans $199 for shoddy machine-learning course that copy-pasted other people's GitHub code

Robert Moore

I am going to start a seminar on making money on the exciting business of seminars.

Bound to be a winner.

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

Robert Moore

Re: Flabbergasting level of incompetence

we should have a Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Prize for Muppet-Grade Security Flaws

This totally NEEDS so become a thing.

Robert Moore

Re: Mean Mr. Mustard

People are telling RBC or TD are the best bet at the moment.

TD tried to charge me an account closing fee when I decided to leave them after they refused to help me with a company I could not stop from removing money from my account. Much profanity was heard by everyone in the bank, near the bank, or within about 0.5Km of the bank. I then went home transfered my remaining funds onto a third party credit card, and never used them again. When they sent me mail, I wrote "Deceased" on it and stuffed it back in the mailbox.<BR>

For whatever it bight be worth, I am now with RBC for many years, and have been very happy with them.

#MeToo chatbot, built by AI academics, could lend a non-judgmental ear to sex harassment and assault victims

Robert Moore

Is that the best you can do?

I am sure you can troll harder than that.

Big bang theory: Was mystery explosion over New York caused by a meteor? Dunno. By a military jet? Maybe...

Robert Moore

For Chuck Norris, this was just a lazy toss.

American ISPs fined $75,000 for fuzzing airport's weather radar by stealing spectrum

Robert Moore

Re: Sensible suggestion

'Another legal loophole to the "Do Not Call" are the ones politicians put for themselves: There are "exemptions" such as calls from political parties are allowed.'

I got a text message from a political party today asking if they could count on my support... Not now you can't!

Trump attacks and appeals 'fundamentally misconceived' Twitter block decision

Robert Moore

Re: Nothing new, then

He has the psyche of a spoilt 10-year old bully, what else do you expect?"

If only he was as smart as a spoilt 10-year old bully.

Canadian ISP Telus launches novel solution to deal with excess email: Crash your servers and wipe it all

Robert Moore

So, this is really nothing more than another marketing ploy to save their reputation.

Telus have no reputation to save. I have never regretted the day I switched away from them. I still smile when I remember the day when they called and tried to get me to come back. I laughed and laughed.

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe

Robert Moore

Re: Sandbox?

"Apparently, AppContainer is more sand than box."

I knew a girl like that once... Very abrasive, and didn't put out.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Cloudflare punts far-right hate-hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings

Robert Moore

Re: So, since 1961 ...

"...there is the government addressing things that lead to mass shootings (like mental health) while minding their own business about guns."

The US government is not doing anything about mental health either. Besides, this time they are blaming video games. As if video games only exist in the USA.

Side-splitting bulging batts, borked Wi-Fi... So, how's that Surface slab working out for you?

Robert Moore


Sign me up for one of those R-pi 4 powered laptops. Kickstarter?

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

Robert Moore

Re: Ahhh passwords...

Just put the number at the beginning.




These will never be guessed. :)

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…

Robert Moore


Something is off.

I see a rectangular object. Rather frame like.

UK PM Johnson spins revolving doors, new digital minister falls through

Robert Moore

Re: Bojo

That is offensive to clowns.

For heaven's sake: Japan boffins fail to release paper planes in space after rice wine added to rocket fuel

Robert Moore
Black Helicopters

A suggestion

"Our attempts to follow up the project with the mighty rocket-powered Vulture 2 in the form of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) remain mired in red tape for the time being."

Pack the whole thing off to some country with less red tape. Some place with an aversion to western interfearance. Perhaps somewhere with a penchant for burning of highly combustable flag shaped objects.

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)

Robert Moore

"Love the part of the video where they use it to burn a wasp nest. I'll take one."

I HATE wasps!!! I'll take two!

Microsoft demos end-to-end voting verification system ElectionGuard, code will be on GitHub

Robert Moore

"Could you imagine the spectacular hissy-fit they'd chuck if he got elected a second time?"

Imaging the EPIC HISSY-FIT he will throw if he doesn't get reelected.

For the record I don't like him, and would be very happy if he didn't get a second term, but so far I do not see a viable opponent.

Also electronic voting is a STUPID idea.

The Empire Strikes Back: Trump discovers $10bn JEDI cloud deal may go to nemesis Jeff Bezos, demands probe

Robert Moore

Here is a first

I don't agree with Trumpy about much.

But in this case, I have to say that setting up the procurement to exclude anyone who could not provide the entire contract is a bit suspect. Also single vendor lock-in is ALWAYS a bad idea. Infrastructure of this magnitude seems like something you might want to spread around.

Let the flames commence.

Turning it off and on again IN SPAAACE! ISS animal-tracker kit needs oldest trick in the book

Robert Moore

Re: Fans?

I would think passive thermal control is much harder in space, where hot air does not rise.

Bulb smart meters in England wake up from comas miraculously speaking fluent Welsh

Robert Moore

Re: Who defines a "niche" language?

Quick, everyone quit speaking English and use Mandarin instead. That's what we're going to settle on (since it is the most spoken language in the world) thanks to Craig 2's brilliant insight!

Think of all the time smart meter vendors would save having to program in only one language instead of the dozens it must support today! We could sell it as a boost to economic growth, so it is patriotic for all those gun-toting rednecks in the US south to learn Mandarin.

It would be worth it to hear deep south Americans speaking Mandarin with their accent. :)

Robert Moore
Big Brother

Re: ...languages...need to disappear...the world...better place with fewer languages.

And that is Double Plus ungood.

AI solves Rubik's Cube in 1.2 seconds (that's three times slower than a non-AI algorithm)

Robert Moore

You don't even need to do that, it is easier to just take it apart, and put it back together in the correct order.

Of course if you really want to mess with someone, take it apart and put it back together with your eyes closed, it will be unsolvable.

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned

Robert Moore

Re: dubious

Interesting video on the guts of a navy dummy load.




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