* Posts by Ribfeast

30 posts • joined 3 Oct 2018

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?


Re: Good for data-less phone plans

I work in a dark site too, no phones or smart watches etc allowed in. All staff phones get put in lockers at the entrance of the building. So the bluetooth option would see a hundred phones in near proximity, causing a ton of false alerts if one person got infected. But I like the bluetooth option as it is the least orwellian.

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network


Back at MIT (not the good one, the other one in NZ) in late 90's I remember the PCs in the various labs has LS120 "superdrives" which took a standard floppy as well as 120MB disks. A bit like a zip drive.

Games were banned, but they obviously overlooked the fact that an install of Quake fit rather nicely on the LS120 disks.

Had many hours of fun playing against other students.

Whenever a lecturer or admin peeped into the room, many PCs would mysteriously reboot. They suspected it, but never caught us.

One time we heard them bounding down the hall towards the room in advance, in a vain attempt to try and catch us :)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz


Re: Up to 1 year?

Surely battery temperature would be an issue at 70,000ft as well (why are we using feet btw!)

I'd assume they are using LiPO batteries, but could be supercaps or something else.

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day


Worked for a large enterprise customer in Newcastle (Australia). A lot of customers would co-lo their gear to a datacenter in the area, who also acted as an ISP with their own dark fibre network. We received a bunch of temperature warnings in the wee hours of the morning from our DR rack that was located at the datacenter, turns out the AC unit(s) had failed. AC tech couldn't get the replacement circuit board quickly, so he ended up propping every door open between the datacenter racks and the main entrance, and had a fan running. Bye bye security.

Was interesting seeing the various lies being spouted by the co-lo provider as they tried to cover it up lol

Fortunately our racks were closest to the entrance and survived, other customers such as banks and health insurance providers probably fared much more poorly though!

There's something fishy going down in the computer lab


Re: Loved mine

I still have two Amiga 500s in the shed, I pull them out for nostalgia from time to time. Have a few boxes of game disks etc. All still working, surprisingly.

They have the 1 meg upgrade, external floppy drive and the composite video output adaptors too, so I have them hooked up to an old LCD TV.

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space


Why not just have 4 smaller engines instead of 2 big ones? You get the increased power etc, without having the plane too far off the ground for loading/unloading passengers, which I believe is what they were trying to avoid?

The 3rd sensor as mentioned above would also be a good option.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune


I used to work for an Apple reseller back in the early/mid 2000's. Just before the Apple-branded stores started appearing. Repairs were a nightmare even back then, a lot more fiddly than regular PCs. Lots of tiny screws of varying lengths, bizarre procedures and tools to take the things apart, I can sort of agree with them to a certain degree about restricting repairs to trained people.

They got a bit restrictive towards the end, wanting serial numbers, board IDs and all sorts of stuff to be exactly correct on the part we were sending back. Other times we'd have something with an intermittent fault that kept being rejected when we sent it back. Tesla coil fixed that lol

Profit margins on sales and repairs was pretty poor towards the end too, expecting repairs to be done in unrealistic times. Glad I got out when I did.

Astroboffins spot the most energetic photons yet from gamma ray burst – and here's hoping Earth is right in the way of the next one


Re: Here's hoping..

Maybe watch a few episodes of The Boys, or Brightburn lol

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


There's that too, which is what happened to me.


I always thought the contractor thing was odd. I did it once, it paid a shitload of money but you had no sick leave or holiday leave, and could be dismissed at any moment. I was contracted via a recruitment company, they had some sort of payroll company set up, so I technically worked for that.

I think the contract thing is so they can allocate the bill to various departments, all my work had to be marked as Capital, not business as usual etc.

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?


I have accumulated a stack of half a dozen potato clocks over my years working for various MSPs and enterprises. All were replaced due to calendar life or failed batteries, so I take them home and put in fresh batteries and power my rack with them. I had a 5kVA one pop and let out the magic smoke. Similar story a few years later with a 3kVA one. I've now put another 3kVA one in place, but I've cobbled together a homemade giant battery pack for this one, 48V, using every SLA battery I could find. What could possibly go wrong...

I must say the runtime is now excellent, but I fear for the lifespan of the charger inside the unit.

I think the best learnings from it all would be to have two potato clocks installed, one per power supply/PDU, at no more than 30% load per unit. Allowing for 60% load if one pops, and preferably have each UPS on a different switchboard circuit.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego



I've seen firsthand the results of a user plugging a USB Type B cable into an RJ45 ethernet socket...snapped one of the pins off in the socket and ruined the networking ability of that printer.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned


Reminds me of this German forklift safety video, cracks me up every time!


I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue


Our teacher used to have "throwing chalk" which was around an inch thick. You didn't want to be on the receiving end.

We'd also get the handle of the feather duster across our palms or bums too.

Bear insistent on playing tonsil tennis with you? Just bite its tongue off


Re: license, hell

That's what the gun is for, to shoot your companion in the leg so you can escape!

The FCC has finally, finally approved a half-decent plan to destroy the robocall scourge... but there's a catch


Always though it was odd how 'merkins pay to receive phone calls. In Aus we pay to initiate a call instead of paying to receive it, makes more sense, and we get very few robo calls.

Malware spotted doing unspeakable, filthy things to infected Macs – injecting Bing results into Google searches


Quite a few steps to go through to install it. I doubt it is signed by any developer certificate, it's not on the app store, so you need to go to System Preferences, and manually allow that instance. You'd have to be pretty keen!

If servers go down but no one hears them, did they really fail? Think about it over lunch


I had some friends return to Australia (240V) from the USA (110V) and they gave me a large CRT monitor for the computer.

Silly me went and immediately plugged it in (in the garage fortunately), and was rewarded with a very large plume of white acrid smoke, with a scent of melted plastic. It didn't trip anything, but I immediately unplugged it. The garage stank for weeks afterwards. I later found the helpful 110V sticker on the back, and there was no 240V switch.

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register


Re: Stock Control System

We use AnywhereUSB for this purpose, works well. Has 5 USB ports, and you can send some of them to one server, others to a second server etc.

Your FREE end-of-the-world guide: What happens when a sun like ours runs out of fuel


Surely the drag caused on the orbiting planet from all the gases and plasma it is orbiting through would cause it to de-orbit into the dying star?

Apple stock hits bottom ... as AirPod exits man's backside and still works after colonic travels


Re: How do you accidentally SWALLOW something?

I dreamed I was eating a giant marshmallow, and when I woke up I realized I'd crashed into a daycare :P

It's an Easter Jesus miracle: MS Paint back from the dead (ish) and in Windows 10 'for now'


Thank you kind sir!!


I wish there was an easy way to delete Paint 3D from my PC, it keeps setting itself as the default picture viewer at random times, and takes forever to launch.

I found the executable but it is protected from deletion.

MSPaint is perfect for all I need to do.

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears


Here's some fun and games with an MRI magnet, 2000 pounds of force exerted by a 3 Tesla MRI on an office chair!


Make America Infringe Again: Trump campaign video pulled over Batman copyright


I can't wait for the final season of America!

Get the smell out of here! Gaming tournament bans players who raise a literal stink


Guess they thought Hygeine was a tall woman!

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...


Maybe they should land the ISS on the moon to make it a base, or send it to mars by bolting a rocket and a radiation shield to it. Seems a waste to destroy it.

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?


Sounds like where I work, gov-owned utility. Thousands of dollars of kit being e-wasted in perfectly good functional order (servers, switches, routers etc).

Can't be onsold, must be destroyed. The waste just kills me.

NSW government finally released 'net vote system review, says everything's just fine


Why not use Horizon State for the voting system?

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'


It's not that I have anything to hide, it's just that I have nothing that I want you to see...


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