* Posts by Robert Moore

752 posts • joined 14 Aug 2007


Google opens the pod doors on Bay View campus

Robert Moore

Want an office people will go back to?

Give me a private office and I'll go in.

Add a meeting room down the hall so I can work with my team when I need to, and work in my office when I need to get actual work done. Forget this open plan stupidity, because it doesn't work, and is universally hated by everyone who has to work in it.

Microsoft tests ‘Suggested Actions’ in Windows 11. Insiders: Can we turn it off?

Robert Moore

Re: It already exists

Do people want windows 11 that can be installed nasally?

Dev rigs up receipt printer to spit out GitHub issues

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Re: Needs audio

I don't know how to use the 3 seashells.

Robert Moore

I quite enjoy Stranger. Just finished reading it again. Of course I discovered it when I was quite young, so I may be reading through rose coloured glasses.

Apple's Mac Studio exposed: A spare storage slot and built-in RAM

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Re: Reasonably priced Mac Pro

You are wrong on a few points.

Build quality is decent. Most of the Macs I see are still useable after 3-5 years. PC laptops are about 3 years tops. (Yes Mac repairability sucks.)

Most Macs are retired because Apple releases a new OS version that make it too slow.

Those overpriced fanboy machines. They actually sell for those prices. (At least local to me they do.)

Apple does offer a buy-back plan, but I seriously doubt anyone uses it. They really don't pay well for the hardware.

Personally I am done with Apple. No RAM upgrades is a total dealbreaker for me.

My new Linux'ed up Thinkpad is pretty sweet. But I accept it lacks any style.

Are we springing into a Y2K-class nightmare?

Robert Moore

Re: USA change its date format ...

Canada uses a sensible date format. Don't go lumping us in with those crazy Yankies.

BOFH: Gaming rig for your home office? Yeah right

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Re: Please do remember...


You are aware that the BOFH is fiction right?

Maybe a little bit of virtual wish fulfillment as well.

Global consultancies quit Russia

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Don't give them too much credit,

With the Ruble in freefall, they are probably looking mostly to cut their financial losses.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Saving a loved one from a document disaster

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Re: Imperrfect

I was the first person in my school to be allowed to hand in assignments printed from my CoCo 2 and my DMP-105.

I had to fight teachers and administration to be allowed this. It was worth it though.

ARPANET pioneer Jack Haverty says the internet was never finished

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Re: What about IPv4?

I have thought this myself. It would solve the problem, and would be easy.

Impact would not be felt for a few years until people with out of date networking gear start being unable to reach certain addresses.

Best of all I won't have to try to hold an IPv6 address in my head, which is clearly impossible.

A tale of two dishwashers: Buy one, buy it again, and again

Robert Moore

Re: Bought a shed

I have an absolute shed load of sheds.

How to get banned from social media without posting a thing

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Re: There's your answer!

Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. I trust it is entirely blank.

Robot vacuum cleaner employed by Brit budget hotel chain Travelodge flees

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Re: silent running away eh...

IIRC it is Louie that made a break for it. Leaving a leg behind in the process. Although it has been a while since I watched that movie. (One of my favourites.) Guess I know what I am watching tonight.

COVID-19 was a generational opportunity for change at work – and corporate blew it

Robert Moore

> And B should pay you for your home office, heating, electricity etc.

Grow up!

Working from home saves me about $500 per month. Between the train and an occasional lunch out. Not to mention the 2.5 hours a day I would spend on the train, the $1-2 a month on electricity is a massive win for me. Heat is about the same as I don't shut it off. (The dog gets cold) and I already have an office space at home.

Could BYOB (Bring Your Own Battery) offer a solution for charging electric vehicles? Microlino seems to think so

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Re: Battery swaps

You are missing the point.

You don't own the battery. You never owned the battery. If/when you get a bad one, you just go to the charging place and get another.

O course no manufacturer will ever do it so the point is really irrelevant.

Linux Mint 20.3 appears – now with more Mozilla flavor: Why this distro switched Firefox defaults back to Google

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Re: I shall be investigating

Quick fix for the stupid skinny scroll bars.

Open a terminal.

echo ".scrollbar.vertical slider," >> ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

echo "scrollbar.vertical slider {" >> ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

echo "min-width: 13px;" >> ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

echo "}" >> ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

You don't even have to reboot, every new window opened has reasonable sized scroll bars.

Robert Moore

I do all my gaming on a Linux Mint desktop.

I admit my requirements are not particularly high, but it works fantastic for me.

My girlfriend also has Mint on her laptop.

When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere

Robert Moore

Re: Digital archeology


Is that a riff off the opening of Ark 2? Because I loved that show when I was a kid.

Robert Moore

Re: If I've learned one lesson...

> never name a server something-temp

This is possibly the most important lesson I ever learned.

Also if there is any chance that you might in future need a second system doing the same job. be sure to name the machine something-1 put the number in right from the start, there are few thing more annoying than:



You could also start numbering with 0 if you like, but I find it confuses management.

Or maybe that is just me.

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?

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Re: brilliant

> I'd love to have this conversation with one of these loonies, although i fear patience would wear thin fairly quickly

I can introduce you to my step father if you like.

Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers

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Re: Get rid of the religious exemption.

> I can only imagine those who choose not to get the jab would chafe under your over-bearing employment practices, so they're far better off working somewhere less opinionated.

Too bad for them. It is a good job, my one employee is very happy with it. She is also vaccinated. If she were to choose to leave, I would have people lined up around the block wanting to take her place.

I have always said stupid should hurt. Looks like it finally will.

Robert Moore
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Re: Get rid of the religious exemption.

Anyone too stupid to get vaccinated (Yes talking to you Bob.) Is too stupid to work for me. (Looking right at you Bob.)

I personally love that companies are taking this approach. Although I do wish the local school boards would take the same approach.

Sharing is caring, except when it's your internet connection

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Re: My Fav

Let me add to the list with:


Yes, I have used it.

Raising the price of in-demand processors really helps the bottom line, says AMD

Robert Moore

>OK but can it run Windows

No, you need something much more powerful to run Windows. Neither AMD nor Intel currently produce a CPU that is truly capable of "Running" Windows.

Singaporean minister touts internet 'kill switch' that finds kids reading net nasties and cuts 'em off ASAP

Robert Moore

Re: "...real-time crowdsourced content rating scheme..."

Finally I will become the internets "Sexiest man alive."

Samsung boss Lee Jae-Yong convicted and fined for drug abuse

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Re: Explains some of the recent Galaxy devices quirks.

> Better watch out though, weapons grade anesthetics can have lethal consequences for those that abuse them, no matter how famous the potential victim is.

You can't make a bold statement like that with siting an example. This is why no one ever believes you AC.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids

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Re: It doesn’t need a new name

You realize that your criteria would bar just about everyone currently in a position of power from the position they are currently in?

I am not saying you are wrong. As always, Douglas Adams said it best:

"To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

Just substitute CEO for President.

Shatner breaks the age barrier, goes where no nonagenarian has gone before with Blue Origin rocket trip

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Re: NCC-1701

> Awesome. Quite surreal though. Now I need to know who he snogged and who he fought.

The Gorn for both.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: Apple don't like it?

> I think you were trying to say, become a hermit and live in a barrel.

Have you seen the price of barrels these days?

Memory prices to dive in late 2022, says Gartner

Robert Moore

I am buying up all the RAM I can find. because we know prices are about to skyrocket.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

Robert Moore

You are not alone Stumpy. I never met the man, but my first computer was the TimexSinclair-1000 with the truly abysmal keyboard, and the 16K RAM pack that would crash the computer if you even looked at it.

Think I am going to go play with it tonight.

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain

Robert Moore

Re: A number of sound decisions?

Why would KFC need chickens? It is not like they sell anything that even resembles Chicken.

Judge dismisses objections to spaceport in Scotland from billionaire who also wants to build spaceport in Scotland

Robert Moore

Re: Priorities

> do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?

Yes. Yes they do.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

Robert Moore

> The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

Yeah, but those million to 1 chances happen 9 times out of 10.

Robert Moore

I believe if you read it carefully. You will find that ARTICLE 61 OF THE MAGNA CARTA, equally applies to Mars and to all spacecraft heading to or from Mars.

Do you even read!?!???!!????!?

The Sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Microsoft has pulled support for Internet Explorer in Microsoft 365

Robert Moore

Re: It's sad...

If they kill off Clippy, I am switching back to my abacus.

Scalpel! Superglue! This mouse won't fix its own ball

Robert Moore

Re: Ball crud

I still have a mouse pad. I picked it up at a thrift shop. The only reason I bought it is because it has printed on it the floor plan of Riverview Mental hospital, with all the fire exits shown.

I thought that this mouse pad was such a monumentally bad idea, that I just had to buy it.

Mine is the one with the really long sleeves.

Alibaba to offer self-defense training in response to sexual assault allegation

Robert Moore

I can see it already

Johnny Scumbag, Senior Manager, assaults Susan Victim, Lowly Secretary. Susan beats Johnny senseless, as per her training. Susan gets fired for assaulting her manager. Seems like that will work out well for Johnny. Other than the bruises. Maybe he is into that.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?

Robert Moore

Re: First and only thought

This. Who cares what I am doing, I am making the same money.

A few years back, contracting at a VERY large multinational company, it somehow became my responsibility once a month to walk the cleaners around the facility letting them into the restricted areas and observing them while they swept and mopped the floors. Took about 2 hours once a month. A very pleasant two hours, of getting a little exercise, and watching other people do real work. I got to rather enjoy it.

I got to be on good terms with the cleaning crew, and that made it easier whenever I needed anything from them.

Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches

Robert Moore
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I want a C5

I know, I am strange.

I really want a C5. Strangely they are stunningly expensive theses days. At least by the time it is shipped to me in the west coast of Canada. (Where it would fit right in.)

I do believe if it were released today with a modern motor and battery combo it would probably be successful.

Journo who went to prison for 2 years for breaking US cyber-security law is jailed again

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Paris Hilton

I would say, in this case, he has made himself unemployable.

Also he is clearly an idiot.

I have frequently said, "Stupid should hurt." looks like this time it will.

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer

Robert Moore

Re: Work from home

> And more importantly the secret plans for the death star are held centrally rather than copied to a dozen peoples random home machines

As long as once you get to the server in question it just lets you right in, none of that password crap. Also the server should be placed at the top of a main air duct, with a very wobbly ladder.

Linux Mint 20.2 is a bit more insistent about updating but not as annoying as Windows or Mac, team promises

Robert Moore

Re: Did I misread that?

> Not a Cinnamon user, so how bad is the situation really?

I have not noticed any significant memory leaks in Cinnamon on multiple personal systems.

Robert Moore

Good granularity.

I love how Mint seems to always, (so far), go for giving you more control, and sensible defaults.

Keep up the good work guys.

BOFH: Where there is darkness, let there be a light

Robert Moore

Re: Anything with a network connection can be scanned

I have 3 of those at home. My retirement plan. :)

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

Robert Moore

Lost me in the first paragraph.

Why would anyone eat runny eggs? Disgusting.

I'll take mine cooked please.

I know most of you won't agree with me, but you are what I like to call "Wrong". :)

Suck on this: El Reg forces dog hair, biscuit crumbs, and disconcertingly sticky stains down two mini vacuums

Robert Moore

> Are they any good with stair carpets?

Utterly fantastic... But you do need to buy one unit for each tread. This does tend to get rather expensive. :)

2021: A Bork Odyssey. Is it remake of Disney's The Black Hole or explorer.exe being shown the door?

Robert Moore

Re: The Black Hole

For a brief moment I thought they were actually going to remake it. I was rather excited.

Come on Disney, you have remade damn near everything else. It's time the a Blackhole reboot.

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer

Robert Moore

Re: Forgot to renew the support agreement?

>> The primary payload computer halted on 13 June

> Because the warranty ran out on 12 June.

They really should have paid for the extended warranty.

London Greenwich station: A reminder of former glories. Like Windows XP

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Re: leaking memory like a sieve

Well, it is owned by Microsoft these days. So that makes sense. :)

For the record, I am a serious Minecraft addict, and I play it on my Linux Mint machine.

Version 1.17 has serious performance issues. Unfortunately.



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