* Posts by Flightmode

43 posts • joined 20 May 2019

China tightens distributor cap after local outfits hoard automotive silicon then charge silly prices

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Can we all just stop for a moment and admire that glorious headline pun? One of the best in a long while.

Undebug my heart: Using Cisco's IOS to take down capitalism – accidentally

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To me, that sounds like a great opportunity to use the "We noticed that the networks was slowing down, so we worked together to isolate it to this one switch and it's already coming back now."

That's a Network Career Achievement Unlock right there: "The Pretender" - Managing to receive praise for fixing a problem that you caused yourself.

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Re: I remember cisco debug commands being a minefield...

I'll call your "debug spanning-tree detail" and raise you a "debug ip packet detail".

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Re: Yes, I've had a boss like that

Many years ago now, I was working in a hastily put-together ISP NOC that also doubled as a door-opening service for anyone wanting to get onto the technical floor. One of my colleagues went to answer the door one time and refused to let the person in - he didn't have a badge on him and my colleague didn't recognize him. There was a bit of shouting and even profanity involved at the door, but eventually the guy walked away. Later on he sent an email to the whole NOC team commending my colleague for not standing down. Even if he happened to be the CTO.

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Re: "he had clearly accidentally fired off every possible debug command at once"

If you have the luxury of accessing the device in-band as well as out-of-band, it is usually good practice to open a console session and type in "undebug all" (not pressing enter); then executing the debug command in-band through a regular SSH session. Then it's just a matter of alt-tabbing and hitting Enter like a maniac if things go TITSUP*.

*) Terminal Is Totally Slammed Until Poweroff

Beige pencil stockists on high alert as 'Colouring Book of Retro Computers' hits the crowdfunding circuit

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There's a digital-download-only option available...

Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work

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Re: Sadly

Our company is also discussing the Future of Working, and it seems we're settling on a more-hybrid-than-before-but-still-default-to-the-office, as many others do. Given that we work internationally (there are some, but not too many, timezones involved), with teams spread across multiple countries, you don't even meet your teammates for long periods of time so you could argue what the point of going to the office is some times.

I've been petitioning our management and HR to at least suggest that we should avoid booking meetings that require physical attendance on Mondays or Fridays, thereby making it easier for people to work more flexibly. It's been "taken under advisement" so far, but I'll wear them down yet...!

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

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Re: Ah, "I will know it's new".

Follow-up:

When installing a new battery in the kitchen timer, it was still as slow to respond. When I reinserted the old battery it died completely. Good thing I have a backup.

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Re: Ah, "I will know it's new".

What's up with not replacing batteries in everyday items? I've been muttering about the batteries in my TV-and-BluRay remote for almost two years now. Buttons are half-unresponsive and sluggish, but I can't get off my well-rounded posterior, walk over to the fridge and replace them? Same with the kitchen timer for about, oh, six months now.

You know what? I'm doing it. I'm posting this, them I'm replacing them both.

Exsparko-destructus! What happens when wand waving meets extremely poor wiring

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Pint

Re: Hands up

Ah, Fridays.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz? Detroit waits for my order, you'd better make amends

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WTF?

OK, I'll take one for the team

What the hell is a "bonzer wheeze"?!

OK so what's going with these millions of Pentagon-owned IPv4 addresses lighting up all of a sudden?

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Re: 1/4 per cent sounds like a class A block of addresses

Looking at my BGP table, I see 9 (nine) /8's (each holding 16M addresses), plus a couple of /9's (8M each) and at least one /11 (another 2M) as well as a number of smaller blocks announced from AS 8003, the oldest ones were announced starting 7 weeks ago; so that should actually come to about 175 million in total.

(There's also some 700+ more specific routes already covered by larger aggregates that I'd be just as happy not to see in the global table, thank you very much.)

Last chance to grab an iPhone Mini as savvy analyst reckons Apple will scrap it next year

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Re: The pandemic didn't help the sales of small phones.

When my work phone was up for renewal this year, I opted for a 12 Mini for the very reason you're mentioning. I felt my 8 was juuust too big to comfortably navigate with one hand, but in all honesty the 12 Mini isn't that much smaller - especially considering the proportionally larger screen. It'd be a shame if they were to drop it from the line.

A keyboard? How quaint: Logitech and Baidu link arms to make an AI-enabled, voice-transcribing mouse

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Re: I see what you did with the title, El Reg

Ooh, remember IconDoIt and IconHearIt? Windows add-ons that would allow "UI enhancements", such as fancier icons, making the mouse pointer automatically jump to OK buttons, speech synthesis and so on? They were fun for the first hour, but that wore thin pretty quickly!

I remember filling out some form of aptitude or IQ test or something, a task that I needed to sit and focus on for about an hour anyway on a PC with those programs installed. About forty-five minutes into the test, I was asked to choose synonyms to a list of words; one of which was "replica". As I clicked the radio button next to the word "copy", my plastic but surprisingly loud Creative speakers decided to shout "COPY!!!" at me. I jumped. :-)

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer

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Re: We kept an enormous paper clip (suitably bent) in our toolkit.....

I had a CD player many years ago - a Sony CDP-990; I loved that beast. Not only did it have a 100-disc memory (programs, volume level and a user-enterable text string for each), but after inserting a CD it would take a few seconds to spin up (as CD players did). If you hit it juuust right at the right time, the CD would skip out of the tray and end up somewhere inside the player[0], requiring a Philips[1] screwdriver for retrieval.

[0] I left my copy of Yello's "Baby" in there way too long.

[1] Ironic, needing a Philips screwdriver to open a Sony product.

Takes from the taxpayer, gives to the old – by squishing a bug in Thatcherite benefits system

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Re: 01/26/2004 would have been cleared

I was hoping someone had posted this.

This is definitely one of my favourite videos on Youtube; it so hits the nail on the head.

Cisco intros desktop switches, one with USB-C to power your laptop

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Re: "when Wi-Fi gets more reliable every year"

In office environments (remember those?) I've more or less given up, especially when in the modern, open-plan, free-seating, collaboration-cum-daycare setups. If people need to sit at different desks each day (or even move between "zones" during the day), bring their laptops to meetings et cetera, then a blanketing wireless hotspot network is a must. People who need access to specific environments or networks (e.g. testers, developers, people who need to simulate being customers...) would have dedicated pods with cabled networks dropped at those pods only. (This is never popular with office planners, but hey; what can you do?)

My initial comment including the laptops was mainly thought for home situations. While I myself do most of my work-at-home in the same place at a dedicated desk for a little over 12 years, there's always that beautiful-but-let's-be-honest-really-too-chilly day in late March when you can bring a cup of coffee onto the balcony...

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Re: "when Wi-Fi gets more reliable every year"

WiFi usually works well for devices that have to move around, such as phones, tablets and to some extent laptops. However, for anything that tends to stay in one place (be it a desktop PC, laptop docking station, NAS, STB, games console, etc) I recommend cabled connectivity. Mesh networks have improved things somewhat in dense residential buildings (since the transmit power of the individual mesh nodes can be lowered), but with cabled networks you don't have to worry about competing for limited resources with your neighbours.

Then again, I design and build cabled networks for a living, so I might be biased here. :-)

Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte and hellagram is going hella nowhere

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Re: Could I suggest

"One, several, many, all" is the one I tend to hear.

Two wrongs don't make a right: They make a successful project sign-off

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Coffee/keyboard

"Where once managing IT at senior level was all about putting out fires, it's now a role that rewards career pyromaniacs."

You, sir, owe me one cheap but clicky mechanical keyboard.

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Re: Verbal heiroglyphics

Isn't it time we all watched the Turboencabulator presentation again? It's been a while.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac7G7xOG2Ag

Pizza and beer night out the window, hours trying to sort issue, then a fresh pair of eyes says 'See, the problem is...'

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Re: ~/.procmailrc

Whenever I generate a new password that I will need to type in manually (by now, that's pretty much only the AD password for unlocking the PC), I always copy it out from my password manager to a Word document and look at it in 72pt Times New Roman. That usually helps clean up any ambiguous characters before they're erroneously committed to memory.

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Re: Prelalal dnceodig

Wow; once I got past "cercrot", the rest of the sentence just flew by. QED, I guess!

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?

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Re: Superscript?

While ³ is technically a superscript 3, I think that OP was getting at the point that you can either type a regular 3 and then superscript it in a way supported by the application you're using, or you can type Alt-0179 which inserts a unicode ³ without additional formatting.

It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons

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Re: Mine was dhcp

User name checks out.

Voyager 2 is back online after eight months of radio silence

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Re: Pretty reckless

This comment deserves more upvotes.

Given the sorry state of our 2020 world, this is SO reassuring.

Another eBay exec pleads guilty after couple stalked, harassed for daring to criticize the internet tat bazaar

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Re: Corporate derangement syndrome

I know, right? It's one thing getting angry and making a shouty, all-caps forum post, but going from that to sending someone (amongst other things) a fetal pig and funeral wreath in the mail? I'd have thought that - at SOME point along the way - one of the seven(!) people involved would have said something like "Hang on guys, what the hell are we doing?".

The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains

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Re: content creators are less successful at drawing attention to the issue

At this stage, they probably no longer see us as customers, but more like "independent freelance content consumers" that are responsible ourselves for our experience using the platform that they facilitate.

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Re: Don't moan, organ eyes

Do I dare click a Youtube link containing "B0bezs" at work...?

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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Re: I'll See Your 33xx and Lower You

I had the 3210 as well (with the red Xpress-on cover!), and as I recall I set the unlock PIN to 2666 so that it would spell BOOM (3-2-1-0-BOOM, get it?). I also paid actual money to download the staccato-but-clearly-recognizable Slim Shady ring tone. Those were simpler times.

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: Facebook Tracking

Wow, there's some not-so-subtle nudging going on in that URL.

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: Rudest, Dumbest - same thing no?

Many years ago (last millennium, even) I was working for a company that used Lotus cc:Mail. Occasionally, you had to perform some maintenance work to purge dead objects and reclaim database space on the servers themselves, and it was imperative that no users were logged in to the platform during that time, as that would mess with or abort the process somehow. We were a pretty small outfit, well under 100 people across two offices, so communication regarding this was usually easy - typically just an email saying "On Tuesday starting from 12 noon, no-one can log into their mail accounts due to maintenance; expected to take the three-four hours. Please don't log back in until you have been notified that it is safe to do so."

Without fail, the CFO responsible for performing the maintenance* would be nowhere to be seen, so around lunch time on the next day, someone would dare to try to log in and would then find an email from said CFO sent at 2 pm the afternoon before saying it was all done and we could log back in.

*) Don't even get me started on this one.

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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The whole Gonads series she's talking about was pretty interesting (that's code for "mindblowing"). Find it in your favourite podcast player or at radiolab.org; six 40ish minute episodes starting from June 15th 2018.

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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Windows

Win + Shift + S to trigger Snip & Sketch is probably my favourite three-finger-combo. Then again, I manage networks these days, not PCs these days.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage

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Re: Apparently, "beheerder" means "administrator".

Cisco administrators?

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room

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Re: Yep, had a very dodgy HP tape array in the noughties

At a previous job, my colleagues and I always kept a metal teaspoon in a rack at a remote site. It fit perfectly for the screw heads for Cisco GSR line cards.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

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Re: Novell netware on Win95

Ah, client32. Those were the days.

// Double-barrel CNE

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then

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Chatbot

I'm battling this exact thing today. I've ordered a pair of shoes online that are apparently being shipped directly from the manufacturer. I'm in Sweden, and whilst you can say many things about the postal carrier in this country, their tracking app is usually pretty damn good. Usually being the operative word.

Since yesterday, my delivery was listed as being in Denmark; well, OK; that's fine. This morning I get an email saying "Hey, your delivery from Reebok is on its way - click this link to select when you want it delivered!". I click, and get their tracking website, spinny-wheel, preloaded page that says "Tracking your package from Reebok...", screen goes blank and then just "Tracking your package INCORRECT PACKAGE OR TRACKING NUMBER Try Again". Trying again yields the same result, so I try calling the helpline number they included in the email.

After hopping through the IVR menu to find the package tracking section, the kind albeit slightly mechanical lady tells me "I have, based on your phone number found a package for you, last digits of tracking number is 1234 - if this is correct, press one; if not, press two". I obviously press 2 since that was nowhere near my number; she proceeds to ask me to key in my ACTUAL tracking number, and as I'm well-behaved I do so. She then proceeds me to say "We've sent you a text message, please hang up this call and continue the conversation via the link we sent you." Umm, thanks?

So I get the text, click the link and someone in a chat window asks me "How can we help you with this package?". I stupidly enough type a courteous, longish, well-reasoned and witty explanation of my problem and I get the response "It looks like we haven't sent you a notice to pick this package up yet.". "Well, you sent me an email saying I should pick a delivery date?" "It looks like we haven't sent you a notice to pick this package up yet." OK, so you're a chatbot; gotcha. "You did, at 9:42 today." "Here are some questions you can ask, please choose one: What is my nearest pickup point?" *close window*

Now there's a notice in the app that they're experiencing issues with their tracking system. The tracking website is just a spinning wheel. Friday the 13th, anyone?

// Edit:

Not thirty seconds after I posted this, my phone notifies me that I can now schedule the pickup, and it now works. Is this a case of the squeaky wheel getting the grease. or are they just watching me...?

Fraught 'naut who sought consort's report says: I was up to naught, I will thwart fault tort

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Actually not quite, as someone pointed out when someone made the same comment on another site.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ride#Personal_life

How four rotten packets broke CenturyLink's network for 37 hours, knackering 911 calls, VoIP, broadband

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Re: How to fix?

Part of the problem with this particular situation is that these broadcasts were regenerated at each hop, it wasn't simply a case of rebooting the devices one by one. All the devices not currently being rebooted would still be busy happily regenerating the broadcasts and sending them to all their neighbours - including those devices that had already been rebooted...

The only solution here - if the CLI or other management tools aren't able to access devices to add filters on the fly (if it's even possible on this equipment type) - would be to take down ALL THE DEVICES that take part in the broadcast mayhem AT THE SAME TIME to ensure that the bad packets are gone.

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

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Sharepoint Shenanigans

Early versions of MS SharePoint (15 years ago or so?) had an error page to which you could send any text you wanted in the URL - something like http://.../error.aspx?errmsg=Please+insert+credit+card+to+continue or similar. (You could probably obfuscate the URL with ASCII entities or something, but back in those days people didn't read the URLs they clicked to the same extent as today.)

It was good fun to send people links saying "You won't believe what $female_colleague did Friday night!" and have the error message saying "Your request has been reported to HR".

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

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Re: I'm boring

When moving desks once, I took a photo of my new desk with all the cables arranged properly and even the monitor stand without the actual screen in place and used that as my desktop wallpaper. It worked out very well as an optical illusion.

I eventually had to stop using it because I kept talking to a colleague who was accidentally caught in that photo at his desk behind mine even when he wasn't there.

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