* Posts by hittitezombie

69 posts • joined 13 Feb 2019


Apple seeks damages from recycling firm that didn't damage its devices: 100,000 iThings 'resold' rather than broken up as expected


You can't go to jail for violating a contract unless it is fraud - those idiots broke a law.

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Re: HP

You rarely buy a MFP these days, you lease it and pay by the page printed. It's a scam in many ways and we don't print as much as we used to 10-15y ago. The most used part of our office MFP is the scanner bit, direct to PDF and email. Why not buy a decent scanner instead but then I'm not paying for the IT budget.


Re: HP

My laserjet 2, 3 and 4000 were all dumpster-diving survivors and lasted many thousands of prints. I gave away all of them one by one as newer replacements arrived and finally had to move to a wireless setup at home. The Brother works well but it doesn't feel as good and well-built like the HP stuff.

I must have printed over 30k-50k pages on my 4000, and it was as good as new when I freecycled it.

I admit 30k is nothing for an office printer but is rather decent for a modern home printer where it's not expected to print more than a couple of thousand pages in its lifetime.

There's gall – and then there's the security director who stole and resold 41 government-owned networking switches


Needs a new defence lawyer

The money was just resting in his account.

Trump backs Oracle as potential TikTok buyer


Here we come ; Enterprise Licenses

I fully expect Oracle to buy it and then put per-core enterprise licenses that forces your phone to a single-core chip for cost reasons and will blast scary-looking advertising stating "if you don't buy our licenses we will come and audit your phone" and then have a fit when you only have a gallery app.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Re: mythical Year Of Linux On the Desktop comes

Linux support by Microsoft is fantastic during the last two years.

SQL Server on a Docker container running in Linux? Why not? Just pay the licensing cost.

Teams? Runs 100%.

Windows 365 on a browser - why, it works as good as, and in some cases like collaboration, way better on Chromium browsers on Linux.

Visual Studio Code? Works brilliantly even on a Chromebook.

I still hate WIndows with a passion but MS is not the old MS.


Re: Quite an upgrade...

Only a year later I had purchased a 386Dx40 with 1MB RAM with no hard disk, 720kb floyy drive and a 1200 baud modem. Slowly I built it up to 4MB and first 10MB, then 20MB, then 50MB hard disks.

Unfortunately my talent level is nowhere near Linus.

Assange should be furloughed from Belmarsh prison, says human rights org. Here's a thought: He could stay with friends!


"If Assange contracts COVID-19 and dies..."

Well, there's always an upside to a disaster.

Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs


Re: Flying less

They are already flying. They never stopped.

I monitor ADS-B traffic above me, and the amount of small private jets along with the cargo flights create most of the flying right now. Location? 25mins drive to Heathrow, outside M25 circle.

General passenger flights are significantly down (more than 90%), but private jets are thriving.

Microsoft's latest cloud innovation: Printing


Re: Wunderbar!

Late 1992, Uni 3090 mainframe. I remember spooling my entire month's worth of quota in one go, 30000 lines! The printer admin usually would put it in pidgeon holes. All I had was a note to go and see him.

Quite scared, I did so. He handled me a massive stack of paper and said "I hope it was worth it".

Errmm, it wasn't. I had managed to print the entire contents of alt.sex.stories....

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


Try 39 Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1JG.

A lot congregate there.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Re: Complete the migration to DAB+ before faffing with FM

Great, so my now-quite-old-but-works-perfectly 1st Gen Pure Evoke-1 will be obsolete?

Since the wide-band FM standard came out there has been only one generation of it - an FM radio from 60s work perfectly even now. Unless the radios are patchable and upgreadable, changing protocols every decade is going to piss off a lot of people.

You should read on FM radio when they switched to stereo and not to piss off anyone w/o a stereo unit, and how incompatible upgrade to FM radio failed.

If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again: Boeing to repeat CST-100 test, Russia preps another ISS taxi


Re: "Not enough pressure in the LOX tank ullage to maintain stability"

I can't believe it even happened - you'd expect the engineers to object to this test, they should now how much each tank would weigh full and what the stress levels and limits are.

On the other hand, I have a suspicion the clever guys are working on the Falcon, and he's literally using boiler and water tank welders for this particular scam.

Oracle teases prospect of playing nicely with open-source Java in update to WebLogic application server


Re: What?

Right now we have two decades' worth of running software and libraries out there. Shifting to a brand new thing is getting easier but you still have to deal with this crap for a long time.

Regardless, right now for a brand new project using an Oracle JDK is an idiocy.

The shelves may be empty, but the disk is full: Not even Linux can resist the bork at times


Re: This can't be Linux

That is a somewhat recent(!) development, as in about a decade or a bit more... If this box is using LILO, not GRUB, then the Linux it is running is very likely to be over a decade old.


Re: This can't be Linux

... because it's no longer actively looked after by anyone more intelligent than a hamster?

Out with the old and in with the new as Java 14 arrives, bringing with it first Project Panama enhancements


OpenJDK or bust.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit


Re: That $11,000 valve story

Medical supplies are always expensive, especially in the US!


There's a very simple solution. Federal Gov lawyers take over the defence. The lawyering time becomes virtually infinite, and the cunts can only give up before the cost bankrupts them.

Patent trolls win because the other side cannot afford for the lawyering time, not because they are right.


It doesn't work like that.

Post Office burned £100m in UK taxpayer cash on Horizon IT scandal legal fees, MPs told


Re: Yet more shittiness

Most called the helpline and the helpline told them to settle as is and it should balance itself eventually, which never did.

Worse, helpline was being run by Fujitsu and had an incentive to "not to find any faults within 30 minutes" so that the call could be closed and Fujitsu didn't have to pay any monies to the PO as penalties.

It's a very shitty story from end to end, the only people who are completely blameless are the victims, the Post Masters.


Re: Disgusted of tonbridge wells

It is worse than you think. Post Office has the right to bring prosecutions themselves - these cases didn't go to the Police and CPS, in fact when the Post Masters tried to call the police, they were told that it wasn't in Police's remit and PO must do the investigation themselves!

Along with many Private Eye articles, this is required listening: BBC Radio 4 - File on 4 - Second Class Citizens: The Post Office IT Scandal https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f5hb

Note: listening to this programme WILL make your blood boil. Guaranteed.


This is simply criminal neglience. Someone must do time for this. A lot of people must do time for this.

How does Monzo keep 1,600 microservices spinning? Go, clean code, and a strong team


Re: You don't need to know how 1,600 services work

It's much harder to debug why a single thread is working slowly on a monolith app, esp. when you have thousands of other threads interfering.

I don't like the amount of resources wasted but it's a positive move when it comes to debugging and analysis.

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?


Pretty much how I feel.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


If it costs a third, and takes twice as longer, it's a benefit for the company. This kind of thing kills me.

I work with remote Indian staff regularly. Most of the time they are brilliant and very very hard working but as soon as you get the good guy trained up, working 100%, he buggers off to a new job because they know they won't get a raise and only way to earn more is to change working places. Then I restart with either a new person, or someone that is still around but less competent.

As it had been said, the working culture is very different. Endless "checks", if it's not written down, it doesn't get done, or it gets done exactly the way it's written down but not common sense dictates. And so on. It's not their job to question a design, they only execute until the next job opportunity.

Culture is what's different, personally pretty much all of them are nice.

Yo, Imma let you finish, but for the 6,000 people still using that app on a daily basis ... we have a question: why?



Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police


Kali usb sticks

Now I have an idea of giving out handful of Kali running usb sticks.

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer


Re: Keyboards

Agree - I'm a massive MS hater, their software stinks.

But dam, MS Ergo keyboards are beautifuly done. Their ergonomic mice were also exceedingly good.

If you're suffering from RSI, definitely buy a Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard. They are technically well built as well, just the coffee-proofing is not that good (as I have demonstrated many times).

German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry


Fascinating - Westcott is not that far away, could we wander in and start going around w/o calling ahead?

The Register disappears up its own fundament with a Y2K prank to make a BOFH's grinchy heart swell with pride


He is the 'real' boss, Beelzebub, known to his friends as Jim.

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth


Re: Was this the last straw?

Unlikely to be related. Space is hard and failures are expected.

What will matter is how Nasa will cosy up to Boeing and mark this as a complete success. They act a lot harsher against SpaceX.

Post Office faces potential criminal probe over Fujitsu IT system's accounting failures


Re: Good for them & the judge

Innocent people got presocuted and jailed. There's no question about these being malicious.

Heads need to roll, people need to go to prison over this scandal.

BOFH: I'd like introduce you to a groovy little web log I call 'That's Boss'


There are plenty of GPL and Apache licensed content which are not trying to steal your credentials - but not a lot in Google Play or whatever store Apple has these days.


Re: Gotta say

I feel like the beancounter every day. Is it bad?

One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark


Re: And we wonder why people want to exit the EU

.. And that low funding is why Russians are mainly still firing up rockets designed between 1960-1980 and hardly managed to build any new hardware - remember Kliper shuttle? Got absolutely nowhere but made a lot of noise.

Same with the Russian military hardware, they're ambitious and make a lot of noise, but their main bulk of aircraft produced right now is just upgraded versions of Soviet designs. Their advanced aircraft are nothing but techonolgy demonstrators with a handful of production samples.

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences


Re: Beautiful

All fine and well, but OneDrive can't cope with deep directory structures and not-even-long filenames. luckily everything I do is stashed away onto a git server.

Second MoD Airbus Zephyr spy drone crashes on Aussie test flight


Unless it carries radar to see through the clouds it'd be useless in NI.


No SAM batteries required

So, all the enemy has to do is fly past it rather quickly. That's some useful vehicle.

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse


Digital DEC laptops

I used to have some sweet (old) Digital PC laptops, very nice boxes compared to the Compaqs you could get. I ran Linux & BSD on them, sweet and fast as fuck.

Samsung on fridge cert error: Someone tried to view 'unsavoury content' in middle of John Lewis


powerline ethernet is evil

Powerline ethernet creates massive noise in HF frequencies. As an RF user in amateur radio frequencies, HISSSSSSS!!!

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Re: Jealous much?

Well, if SpaceX gets their act together for human flight to ISS using realistic equipment, not stuff from a very bad SF novel, then ULA/SLS will be sunk completely. The fact that Elon is delaying things and not getting humans on board his Dragon capsule shows how unsure he is.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street


Re: At werdsmith.

Govenment advice on this makes it legal to drive unless being an asshat. Leaves the discretion to the Plod.



Re: At werdsmith.

Only 25, they don't move that quickly.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


I once ran a BBS (mid-90s) and had an ANSI sequence which would detect Windows 95, reboot and start installing OS/2.

So many people dropped the carrier at that point, it was hilarious.

Now you see them... IBM made over 800 UK jobs vanish in 2018 despite improving fortunes


Re: <sarcasm>

50? That's giving them too much credit. It's already 40.


Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts


Re: Good for Linux and alternatives

I'm really surprised they haven't purchased SUSE or Ubuntu by now, either would fit in perfectly. Canonical is living on a <$6m net income, which is absolutely nothing. You can't buy new yatchs with that kind of money.


Re: Azure Hybrid Benefit

"Your introductory offer has now run out. We are increasing your current price 200% with a lock-on for 3 years. Good luck, suckers!"

BOFH: On a sunny day like this one, the concrete dries so much more quickly


Re: Informal poll on whether you've ever had to do something like this

I think my C64 discs are still in a cupboard at my family's place. I wonder if I could coax a byte or two out of them using the ancient 1570.

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal


Re: Never get too wedded to a particular product

Good thing I still have an ICQ account.



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