* Posts by Robert Moore

697 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007


That thing you were utterly sure would never happen? Yeah, well, guess what …

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Possibly the smartest words ever spoken.

"If you make a mistake as public as this," he said, "it's better to lean into it rather than cover it up and attempt to shift blame."

I learned this very early in my career with a mistake that was WAY too big to even try to cover up. I came clean to the bosses, explained how and why it happened. How it had been corrected, and what I had learned. Then waited to get escorted to the door. Didn't happen, stayed at that job for over 7 years after that.

Learned my lesson that day. Own your mistakes.

Sold: €15k invisible sculpture that's a must-see for art lovers

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Re: drummer =/ artist

What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend/boyfriend?


There are a lot of people out there who'd like to fire Jeff Bezos into space – but he's doing the honours himself

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Re: Over to you, Jeff

> There could even be some sort of system where a percentage of earnings/ profits could be automatically directed to these public goods by some sort of central national authority

That could never work. Comrade.

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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Re: The gap year

"My reply to “what have you been doing” in reference to any gap, would be “none of your fucking business mate""

Enjoy being unemployed.

Anyone who responds like that to a simple, legitimate interview question is clearly a jackass, and I do not employ jackasses. I have intervied plenty of people and found that interviews are much more about finding out who the person is, than anything else. That sort of attitude makes it very clear.

From cash machines to commercial kitchen appliances, Doom really will run on almost anything

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Re: I wonder...


You should absolutely do this.

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

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Re: The Agony and No Ecstasy

Working in PC repair. Back in the days of mostly desktops. Opened up a case, blew out the dust with compressed air. Sneezed and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The doctor gave me 2 shots (Pain killer and muscle relaxant.) and sent me home. After walking into my apartment, I dropped my keys, and without thinking bent down to pick them up. Woke up the following morning still on the floor beside my keys.

Shedding the 'bleeding edge' label: If Fedora is only going to be for personal use, that doesn't work for Red Hat

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Re: Options in the RPM world

Are you suggestion that Oracle is somehow better than IBM? Honestly, I would rather deal with the Mafia than Oracle.

Burgers, birds, and Blue Screens of Death: Remember the joys of commuting?

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Pull the shutters down?

Don't do that I love seeing broken computers that I don't have to fix.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

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Useful trick for ballpoint pen marks.

Place the surface flat, facing up.

Spill a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. Enough to make a small pool.

Wait about 5-10 minutes.

The ink will slowly begin to lift off the surface. You can then wipe up the alcohol.

Repeat if needed.

Clean the entire surface with your preferred cleaning method.

This is sometimes also effective on very old ink, sometimes even old Sharpie marks.

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

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Re: 40 YEARS OLD?!?!?

The Timex Sinclair version was the TS 1000.

My first computer. I can still remember the first time I wrote a program that used the entire 2k of RAM.

Unfortunately I trashed it many, many years ago. Found one a couple of years ago and a 16k RAM expansion pack, and spent a fun day getting it working on a modern TV.

Unfortunately discovered it really was only really good for a nostalgia hit.

Subnautica and Below Zero: Nurture your inner MacGyver and Kevin Costner on an ocean-planet holiday

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Re: Looks like fun.


I had forgotten about proton. Thanks for the reminder.

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Looks like fun.

Too bad Subnautica doesn't do a Linux version. I do all my gaming on Linux these days, and am not putting up with Windows for one game.

Linux Mint sticks by Snap decision – meaning store is still disabled by default in 20.1

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Re: Change

I started using Mint because it had a KDE version and I was tired of installing manually after installing Ubuntu. The aging laptop I was using at the time started running a bit slow on KDE, so I went looking for something a bit more lightweight, and found the Cinnamon desktop. Fast forward to about a year lster when I bought a newer/faster laptop, I jumped back to KDE, and found I didn't really care for it anymore. Went back to Mint with Cinnamon and have been happy with it. I even moved my lovely girlfriend over to it.

When she bought a new laptop a couple of months ago she installed Mint on it herself. She couldn't wait to get away from Win10.

Linux developers get ready to wield the secateurs against elderly microprocessors

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Re: what is linux good for?


My new Ryzen based gaming PC would disagree with you.

While I admit, there are some limitations to Linux gaming. Not being stuck in an hour long required update when all you want is to blow some (Virtual) stuff up, makes it all worthwhile.

Come, chant with us over a sacrificial goat and predict 2021's biggest tech stories to a high degree of accuracy

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Re: If Google

You say that like Facebook isn't already "a slime breathing, IQ sucking behemoth that will ... take over every aspect of people's lives"

Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty

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Re: Orange LED

All diodes can be light emitting... Briefly.

BOFH: Switch off the building? Great idea, Boss

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I have really missed the BOFH

I felt like my education had come to a screeching halt.

Good to see Simon has not surrendered to Covid.

Where's the mysterious metal monolith today then? Oh look, it's atop a California mountain

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Re: "Where will the mysterious metal monolith appear next?"

Why would you want to stop this? It isn't hurting anyone, and it is a bit of fun in 2020 when we could all use a little fun.

Oracle upgrades MySQL with an analytics speed boost albeit only in the Big Red cloud

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Does anyone use Mysql on their own machines anymore? I moved over to MariaDB a long time ago for all my own use. I know it looks like the same DB, and largely uses the same tools/syntax, but I just never trusted MySQL after Oracle got their hands on it.

Internet Explorer fails to make the cut, banished from Microsoft Teams for good

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> These days even low end PCs are more than capable of having two web browsers open simultaneously

Not in Windows they can't. :) Have you looked at what "low end" means these days? Buy a used business machine from 5-10 years ago, and stuff a SSD and maybe some RAM into it and you will run circles around current low end stuff. Most of the current Low end stuff also can't be upgraded.

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

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Re: Never found a replacement for the Trackman Marble FX T-CJ12

As a replacement (Sort of) for the microsoft trackball, that is no longer supported in Windows, I would suggest this:


Works just as well for lefties, and after a day or two the scroll ring starts to make sense.

I have two of them one for work and one for home.

Panic in the mailroom: The perils of an operating system too smart for its own good

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Re: Computerized billing ...

@Uncle Slacky

> "Ever seen a grown man naked?"

Yes, but I was in a Turkish prison at the time.

Test tube babies: Virgin Hyperloop pops pair of staffers in a pod, shoots them along 500m vacuum tunnel

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Re: Logistical Challenges

That was exactly what I thought of when I saw it. :)

Linux Mint pushes out its own Chromium build to help users avoid Canonical's Snap Store

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Re: Is this the year of Linux on the desktop?

Yes, it is!

Of course, it has been the year of Linux on the desktop for me for over a decade.

Trump's official campaign website vandalized by hackers who 'had enough of the President's fake news'

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Re: A sign of the times

That's offensive to clowns.

Did Arthur C. Clarke call it right? Water spotted in Moon's sunlit Clavius crater by NASA telescope

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Re: Nuclear waste dump.

I am 100% down with your plan.

The only problem I see, is we don't have Eagles. At least not yet.

How the tables have turned: Bloke says he trained facial recognition algorithm to identify police officers

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Re: I predicted this!!!

I think you are giving the crims way too much credit. Your average criminal is stealing to buy drugs, with little to no planning or forethought. Most of the drug dealers are also drug users.

Laptops are on fire! In a good way (if you're selling). PC sales race to highest growth rate since 2011

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Re: Tide going out is good?

I just built a desktop, with no RGB nonsense. It is actually getting difficult to buy higher end parts without annoying and unneeded LED lighting. I also agree on the glass side panels. I bought a case with a space for an optical drive, but have not put one in, yet. Most of what I use it for does not need an optical drive so I am test driving the system without. It has been a little over a 2 weeks, and so far I have not missed the optical drive.

Was he sent on a spool's errand or something? Library staffer accused of stealing, reselling $1.3m of printer toner

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No one can rip you off like an accountant.

That said, the managers were obviously not doing their jobs. I know if I send in an expense claim that is not fully itemized and painfully detailed, it gets sent back. Every. Single. Time!

As it should.

Big IQ play from IT outsourcer: Can't create batch files if you can't save files. Of any kind

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Re: Not a true Who Me

Also, why wasn't he punished? The process usually proceeds as follows:

Think wait a sec, I wonder if I could.....

Test run/POC

Report serious security risk to management.

Management ignores it.

Escalate the issue.

Get reprimanded/fired for "Hacking" or not following the chain of command.

Wait several months.

Then and only then will the broken "Fix" be applied.

Also in my experience getting a security "fix" reverted is impossible.

All those ‘teleworking is the new normal’ predictions? Not so much, say bosses

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Re: Be realistic

Never trust a WFHsheep-shearer.

Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google's technology

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Does anyone want this?

This seems to me to be the very definition of a product that no one will ever use.

Typical '80s IT: Good idea leads to additional duties, without extra training or pay, and a nuked payroll system

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Re: Shadowing - What could go wrong

I walked away once.

I was contracted to clean up after they fired (for cause) their current IT head. I took a look at what they had and his undocumented fingerprints all over everything. (He thought I was to be his new assistant.) I told the CEO that they were going to have to shut down the office for a few days, while everything was reinstalled. I was told flatly, NO. I explained why the NEEDED to be done. NO. I said, I will not be responsible for what happens, and left. I called the contracting agency I was working through, and explained the situation, and what needed to be done. They agreed with me. Asked me to write it up for them, which I did. I got paid.

I heard the company had a big data breach about a year later. Not sure if related or not.

Sometimes walking away is the only option.

Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool

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> Yeah, the 486 was on the low-side for 95; though the minimum requirements were listed as a 386DX with 4MB RAM! I dread to think how awful that might have been.

I did try that setup once. It was completely unusable. As I recall, boot-up time was around 12 minutes. Starting any program would cause it to start swapping. Even a shutdown was painfully slow. This was an install on a freshly formatted hard drive. Fun experiment, back in the day though. (For certain nonstandard values of fun.)

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on

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Re: It's just me then...

Me too.

It way too greasy, and far too expensive. But once in a while I NEED IT!

SAP blogger reveals top tips for keeping clients happy: Don’t swear, remember to write a pithy subject line, and TURN OFF CAPS LOCK

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Re: Gah!

I came here to say the same thing.

This particular phrase really drives me crazy. But at least it is a great indicator of when to stop listening to someone.

Feds seize 'largest ever' haul of crypto-dosh from terrorists – including coins from 'fake' pandemic mask web store

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Re: How is crypto currency seized?

The password is usually easy to acquire. All it requires is a large hammer and the desire to use it. That is IF it isn't stored in a textfile on the desktop called WalletPassword.docx

Donald Trump thought-bubbles an Alibaba ban as Chinese clouds clam up about Clean Cloud plan

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Re: Microsoft Windows

What a wonderful world it would be.

I can see my house from here! Microsoft Flight Simulator has laid strong foundations for the nerdy scene's next generation

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I remember that flight sim. It was written in Basic, I edited it a lot. :) Happy days.

I recall there was a landing practice mode that set you in the air lined up for a landing, but I changed to put you are ridiculous altitude (100000+ Ft?), then tried to see how fast I could impact the ground.

The hours of entertainment that provided.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Re: If the OHSG wins...

I nominate the above for quote of the year.

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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> "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.



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