* Posts by AlexGreyhead

32 posts • joined 10 Jul 2017

Data centres are warm and designed to move air very efficiently. Are they safe to visit during the pandemic?



* Total Inability To Stop Usual Pandemic.

Sorry; I'll get me coat...

Phisher folk reel in Computacenter security vetting mailbox packed with sensitive staff data



Total Inability To Secure Users' Passports?

BT Tower broadcasts error message to the nation as Windows displays admin's shame


Wot, no TITSUP?

Total Inability To Shine Usual ... err... Pixels?

Not my finest effort by some margin. Sorry.

Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers



Total Inability To Secure Ur* Property

* Sorry for the awfulness of the spelling. I'll get my coat...

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder


"People who bought this GDPR-compliant shredder were also interested in this GDPR-compliant bridge for sale in London"...

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean



* Total Inability To Smell Usual Purchases

I'll get my coat...

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

Thumb Up

Oh go on, then...

Having switched from being a die-hard enjoyer of the fruity Jesusmobe since the 3GS, I've spent the last year variously loving and hating an S8, the primary pain point being the inconsistent abilities of the face scanner to work if the lighting conditions aren't "just so", so the improved face scanner and in-screen fingerprint reader of the Huawei have set my heart somewhat aflutter.

Mrs Greyhead's going to kill me when she sees how much damage the Pro is going to do to my credit card, though...

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others


Lovely chap

Sorely missed...

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?



Han (@SH_anonletters) strikes me as a lovely, charming lady with no noticeable sense of entitlement.

(Yes, I'm grumpy - I'm not allowed to open my daily bottle of wine for another ten minutes...)

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


Re: Dislike

Pop a trailing slash on anything you want Chrome to treat as a URL, e.g.: will load

monkey.local/ will load http://monkey.local/

Etc etc.

Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes


What the...??

How on earth does anybody get to the stage where they think this kind of behaviour is in any way cool or acceptable...?

I can't for a second believe this lad was unaware of the fear and damage he was causing.

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably


Re: Have another one...

Transactions Simply Buggered?

(Today I'm sporting the one with the empty cheque book in the pocket. I'll see myself out...)

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins


Wot, no TITSUP?

Total Inability To Support Usual Pressure?

(Sorry - mine's the one with the Crap Dad Jokes book in the pocket...)

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy


Wait, so Steve isn't trapped in Magaluf again...?

Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade


Something I'm hoping the more-experienced Reg commenters could explain; why, if the estimated cost to the National Grid was ~$1bn, and was confirmed to be at the very least ~$300m, did they accept a settlement of $75m?

(Genuinely interested as I don't understand why they would accept such a low amount).

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'


Re: Just a beer?

... and don't call me Shirley...

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball


Re: What we need

As a comparatively young whipper-snapper, watching these experienced folks arguing over classic architectures is to my mind a little like watching the Gods of yore having a tussle in the heavens...

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...


18x9 = 2x1?

I'm sure I'm being a bit dim here, but why do they put "18:9" instead of just "2:1" as the screen's aspect ratio?

Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found – a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'


Re: Why I stopped supporting Drupal.

"Come for the software, stay for the ... people"?

But seriously, that argument's a bit on the silly side isn't it? That's like swearing-off Windoze because it powers the computer systems of Evil Corp.

(Full disclosure: I earn a crust as a Drupal developer and have seen some awful examples of sites built with it, but I've also seen awful Wordpress sites, awful Joomla sites, and awful home-grown sites).

/Al - beer, because Drupal has driven me to drink.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

Paris Hilton

Re: Not half-way good enough.

I've read El Reg since at least 2001.

I've probably learnt at least as much through El Reg's hacks as I did for my Computer Science BSc (Hons) - although that may equally be a sign of my lack of scholarly attention as it is the Reg hacks' knowledge and writing ability.

In any case, I would gladly pay a reasonable subscription to get access to The Register's content.

I suspect most long-term readers would, too - most of us are IT professionals in some guise or other and this site is a good source of relatively unbiased content.

Paris for no other reason than they managed to shoe-horn her into this week's episode of Grand Tour (yes, I hate myself for watching it, too, but it makes I laugh...).


Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?


I remember buying a 4MB ram stick some time in the early '90s for my first PC which cost me somewhere north of £120 - iirc that was during a price jump caused by the same shortage?

Wondering why your internal .dev web app has stopped working?


Not heard of this before

I'd be interested to know how many of the bazillions of folks developing on the interwebs have actually been affected because they're using .dev domains?

I've only ever seen people using .local or dev.mydomain.com, stage.mydomain.com...

Oh well :)

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes


Re: Presumably, Jake ...

I thought it was rappers, not guns, which killed people...? (Or is it "wabbits"? The enunciation is poor on that song I'm thinking of...)

The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

Paris Hilton


I am so confused right now... What is going on? Did I mix up my Berocca and ketamine again...?

Paris, because I think I know how she must feel a lot of the time...

Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold


Re: as autumn weather turns to winter

Goddammit, I didn't spot your comment and posted a much-less-funny one of my own. Now I have to find how to delete my nonsense...



"... as the autumn weather turns to winter for much of the world and temperatures drop."

<pedantry>Shurely that ought to be roughly 50% of the world, not taking into account equatorial regions and... Never mind, I'll get my coat...</pedantry>

Edit: Oh cock, I've just seen that this point has been raised much more-eloquently above by several people. Ignore this nonsense from me. Move along, etc. Sorry...

Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes



"Announcementware" <-- I like this word =o)

UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime


Is there a way that the officer can be certain the recording is being made, lest they record an interview and only later find that the video/audio wasn't captured?

Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit



You, Sir, are a wonderful chap - one pair of Samson headphones ordered. Had never heard of this brand before, but for the price and positive reviews, they're undoubtedly worth a shot.

Thank you :)))))

Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely


Cocaine noodles, add five Amazon Echo Dots to my shopping list. And some monkeys.

Profits plunge 40% as BT coughs up £225m to avoid court battle


"£225 in settlements"

Seems like a reasonable amount to me? :)

The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?


So does this mean I'll be needing to phone one of the first three emergency services to report that my credit card's being used courtesy of the fourth emergency service leaking my details?

Oh well, at least if evil scammers have stolen all the money off my credit card, Mrs Greyhead won't be able to spend it all...


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