* Posts by A.P. Veening

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We never agreed to only buy HP ink, say printer owners

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Re: This feels like an own goal...

Isn't the UK government buying IT services from Fujitsu?

What was it again with government (not only UK) and IT?

Spoiler alert: They suck at it.

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That's where HP are going to get a rather big smack on the wrists.

As far as I am concerned, that smack should be delivered with a very sharp sword of decent weight.

Windows 95 support chap skipped a step and sent user into Micro-hell

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Re: Those were peak 'fix by reinstall' days

Try the bleeding edge stuff and things don't work as well.

There is a reason it is called the bleeding edge.

San Francisco's light rail to upgrade from floppy disks

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Re: Curious what the floppy replacement will be?

YOu plug a USB flash drive into it

A not so minor problem with that is that in 1998 (if that is the correct year, going by other details it was probably earlier), USB wasn't really common, so the chance the hardware will support that drop-in replacement is [understatement] not really great [/understatement].

Techie saved the day and was then criticized for the fix

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Re: Locked racks

I did often think, however, that by the time you had got into a concrete bunker like data centre, past several card controlled access points, past a doorway monitored by security guards who if they couldn't run most certainly could shoot, past the similar but solitary guard in the hut by the gate through the layered barbed-wire laced fence, then you probably weren't going to be fazed by the lock on the server rack.

You are overlooking the not so minor detail that you won't be the only client/customer of such a DC. And it might just be nice to avoid tempting other clients/customers. And they feel the same way about you.

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Re: Sounds like management all right

Correction, that isn't management, that is manglement.

US reckons it's about time the Moon had its own time zone

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Re: using adjusted UTC would be the best and makes the most sense

Yup, next to the monolith.

Happy 20th birthday Gmail, you're mostly grown up – now fix the spam

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Joke

Chuck Norris

Nothing wrong with GMail, even Chuck Norris has a GMail account: gmail@chucknorris.com

Amazon fined in Europe for screwing shoppers with underhand dark patterns

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The only thing that seem to be missing is good rail service, but maybe I didn't spot it.

You didn't spot it because good rail service is missing by standard in the USA. If you do encounter it, it is a remnant from the past when it did exist.

Do not touch that computer. Not even while wearing gloves. It is a biohazard

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Re: Following BSE in cattle...

Shocking that a government IT project could actually work well!

Probably outsourced to somebody who had to work with it in his main job. Accidents like that happen, also in government.

Uncle Sam's had it up to here with 'unforgivable' SQL injection flaws

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But those CE markings are real - in this case though, "CE" stands for "Chinese Electronics."

Worse, they stand for "China Export" as they aren't allowed in China itself.

Boeing top brass stand down amid safety turbulence

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Re: I'll just leave this here...

As is the 737-NG9 (same doorplug problem as the MAX 9).

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trying to squeeze a few more drops of profit out of an already precariously lean system.

And Boeing isn't precariously lean, it is bled bone dry.

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Re: Whether they will look outside the company

If other countries stop trusting the FAA's safety certification

It already has reached the point where EASA and CAAC (PRC) don't automatically rubberstamp FAA safety certification.

DBA made ten years of data disappear with one misplaced parameter

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An Oracle DBA regomized as "Larry"? Somehow that smells suspect.

Canadian arrested for 'stealing secret' to speedy Tesla battery production

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Or... he just didn't wander into a place where the FBI has jurisdiction or an extradition treaty.

Please, Shin Beth (with Eichman in 1961) and DCSE (with Carlos aka The Jackal a bit more recently) have shown the way to solve that problem. And the FSB (or was that the GRU?) has shown an alternative method to solve that problem.

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Re: Open secrets

Civil courts do not convict.

Correct, but they can issue judicial findings that have the same weight as convictions, see the news about that orange, fraudulent rapist.

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Re: Open secrets

Biden crime family

You better be able to prove that, otherwise you are liable for defamation.

Yes, I did just crash that critical app. And you should thank me for having done so

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Re: Peak messaging client

When I get to the top, I will meditate in the Lotus position.

Don't forget your Notes.

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Angel

On your Pegasus?

No, in my Thunderbird.

Fresh version of Windows user-friendly Zorin OS arrives to tempt the Linux-wary

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Re: Coincidence...

I must confess I understand your frustration. I myself am not so averse to using the command line, but I know I am in the minority.

'Chemical cat' on the loose in Japanese city

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Re: Catzilla

What nobody has considered though is which of the 9 lives did the cat use up ?

With hexavalent chrome? I'd say six of them.

Intern with superuser access 'promoted' himself to CEO

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Re: It can still be done...

If I have to do it, I telnet directly into an SMTP server. If I ever have to do it regularly, I'll just write a program to do that for me.

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Re: This is where technology lets you down

It might surprise you but Socialist countries tend to have very subservient to the management unions.

Correct and that is because management usually has the higher positions in the unions as well.

The fall of communism in Poland started with the first independent union (Solidarność).

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Re: This is where technology lets you down

(If you could, you used an envelope above your own clearance level to really feign ignorance.)

The really good way to screw those union jokers would be by carrying around and having them open an empty, high level clearance envelope.

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Re: This is where technology lets you down

In which socialist country was that?

Given the power of the unions, it must have been the Socialist States of America.

Dutch government in panic mode over keeping ASML in the country

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Re: Blind to the US?

A trade war between the US and the Netherlands,

The last trade war with the USa in which the Netherlands got involved was between the USA and the EU.

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Re: Blind to the US?

Basically my point.

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Re: Blind to the US?

ASML not being able anymore to sell in the USA would be more of a USA than an ASML problem.

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Re: Blind to the US?

Time for some Dutch export restrictions towards the USA. Probably during the next trade war.

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With Brexit I don;t know how hard it would be to contract in NL now - at the time I just hopped on a Ryanair flight and turned up for work on a Monday.

Depends a bit on whether you can get an Irish passport. If so, no harder than it used to be, if not, easier to just forget about it.

Job interview descended into sweary shouting match, candidate got the gig anyway

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Re: Weird interview

So they were incapable of understanding their company had failed the interview, talk about incompetent.

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Re: Hypothetical Example

Friday? 10 PM?? A problem with a computer and a director still in the office??? I might believe that in a hospital, but not in a call center.

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Re: Weird interview

The right hand side of the room complained that they had not asked their questions, but I had left the seat already and heading for the door.

Were they complaining to you or to the incompetent nincompoops on the left hand side of the room?

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It doesn't actually say the CTO admitted fault, let alone apologised for it

The admittance is implied in that he was offered a position above what he applied for. And there is no need to apologize for a heated discussion as long as it remained civilized.

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I'm very confused why Tim would take a job after an interview like that!

If someone has the guts to say I am correct after such a disagreement, I can work for him.

Boeing paper trail goes cold over door plug blowout

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The “wonder why there's no bolts” engineer was out sick that day year

FTFY, assuming he wasn't laid off.

US wants ASML to stop servicing China-owned chip equipment

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Re: Sell

Name one country China has invaded in the last century

Tibet, ongoing occupation

They call me 'Growler'. I don't like you. Let's discuss your pay cut

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Re: Tout au contraire.

Finding Growler at any company, in any position, during the interview process would be a handy filter in my book.

AMEN! There are a couple of people I won't work with or for. And I have a very good memory for things like that.

I still remember when a fellow contractor told the team leader that he couldn't work with me and either one of us had to leave. Initially, I had to leave, but in pretty short time they found out he was a faker and they kept him to his word (I was invited back, he was told to leave).

It's that most wonderful time of the year when tech cannot handle the date

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Re: Don't people test edge cases any more?

We store dates as Julian numbers, so really, there is absolutely no possibility of our core functions not working. They quite literally DO NOT KNOW what date it is, in the anthropomorphic sense. Anyone who encodes dates any other way is an idiot.

Julian numbers are fine, but make sure your programs can handle day 366 in a leap year. That was the one that tripped up the Norwegian railways in (yup, here it comes) the year 2000, a leap year, on the last day of that year.

Microsoft's February Windows 11 security update unravels at 96% for some users

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Re: re : I'd probably have sorted it more quickly.

I always want to ask the question, "So, when is an error "expected"?

When validating input, in which case it will usually be handled correctly with an error message that makes sense.

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They still haven't fixed the issue with the January Updates for W10 and Server 2022 which refuse to install in many cases.

Enlarging the Recovery Partition usually suffices. The real problem here is W10 initially creating it too small upon installation.

Work for you? Again? After you lied about the job and stole my stuff? No thanks

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Re: Modus

The very effective vaccination for this affliction is to promptly and invariably send a precis or minuted summary of the conversation to the caller by organisational email.

With a Bcc: to your private email address.

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Re: The PC I am typing this comment on is called Highland Park.

I don't know that shopping centre and from my comment you might infer that Highland Park is also a whisky (in this case from the Orkney Islands).

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Re: Oh yes

Some bridges SHOULD be STAY burned.

FTFY

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If you've screwed up, the help you get is directly proportional to how well you've dealt with people who can drag you out of that hole.

With some people the help I provide is tossing in a spade.

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Re: Fire in haste, regret at leisure

Careful with that, UK law considers passwords to be the same as physical keys, so they remain the property of your employer. What you are suggesting can land you in the dock for extortion.

Just prove try to prove that, the easy defense is that you are trolling somebody in a vindictive way, what normal person would even try to remember such a password instead of storing it in a secure location (like a safe)?

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I am not Scottish, but I like my whisky (and whiskey) just fine as well. The PC I am typing this comment on is called Highland Park.

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Getting angry back at them doesn't help, unless you're actively trying to burn a bridge.

If/when I am actively trying to burn a bridge, they won't notice how angry I am as I am cool as a cucumber. But I will make sure they are on that bridge without escape when I am burning it.

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Re: Being polite is great

hopefully the latter.

I am willing to bet it was the "please", but given the location, I can't completely rule out the "sir" instead of "boy".