* Posts by Aussie Doc

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BOFH: You'll find there's a company asset tag right here, underneath the monstrously heavy arcade machine

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Re: "I'm sure we'll lose the records of it in the fire, though...""

Ah, yes.

That would be similar to the great Aussie Navy 'Boat-Battleship' to 'Boat-gravy' misunderstanding/loss.

Cider on the house.

UK's Civil Aviation Authority hashing out rules for crash-proof cargo pods on drones

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Re: Crash proof how?

Just recently in Canberra, Australia, ravens were responsible for doing precisely that and halted delivery drones.

More from Aunty here:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-23/drone-company-forced-to-avoid-part-of-canberra/13554618

Not quite so melodramatic ------>

Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box

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Re: Mobile Web Serches?

Although I agree that it may be better to use a PC, not everybody has or wishes to chose that option.

I often teach adult IT and many of them only have a phone and seem to manage to do most stuff with varying degrees of success.

It's one of the reasons why, if somebody isn't running or doesn't know how to run a rooted phone, I at least recommend one of the adblocking browsers that are available for Android phones eg AdAway, Adblock Plus (my fave), AdGuard or simply any browser running ad-blockers.

I would guess most folk would want 'whatever works' although we 'pro users' may be more fussy re: our requirements.

Cheers anyway.

Space tourists splash down in Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit

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"space is for all of us".

Sorry, just checked my bank balance.

Apparently space isn't for me anytime soon.

Unless I give up my cider ---->

UK gives military's frikkin' laser cannon project a second roll of the dice

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Sorry

It's sharks or nothing.

We've all been just biding our time.

You know that's what we want.

This is not the tech unicorn you are looking for... and other stories

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Re: Thanks!

Yeah. The 'vehicle' (?warship ?tank - about 38 pics down) with 'Don't Believe The Hoax' was a tad chilling.

Tech widens the educational divide. And I should know – I'm a teacher in a pandemic

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Re: Jeff

This former percussionist sees what you did there.

Loved my Zildjians and a couple of Paistes somewhere down the line.

Cider on the house.

Boom, tish, rattle, crash.

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees

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Re: Working class?

To be fair, Humpty Dumpty was just a fall guy anyway.

I'll get my coat.

Guntrader breach perp: I don't think it's a crime to dump 111k people's details online in Google Earth format

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Ernie would know.

He drove the fastest milk cart in the west.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GHi9zrzMVg

Milk, honestly -------->

Talent shortage? Maybe it's your automated hiring system, lack of investment in training

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Good article and if I may just add a picture of all those who are surprised by the findings:

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I'll just grab my coat to go to my next interview.

Oh! A surprise tour of the data centre! You shouldn't have. No, you really shouldn't have

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Re: year 2000

Years ago son and I were heading to his place (seven hours away) in an even more remote place than I normally lived in at the time.

In the boot (trunk, I think some of you know it as) was packed a heap of toys for his three kids (my grandmunchkins) including a large battery-operated fire engine.

For more than half the journey all we could hear from the rear of the vehicle was the ever-slowing sound of 'WEEEEE WAAAAAAW WEEEEEE WAAAAW'.

It was pouring with rain and the boot was so full it wasn't worth the effort to stop and repack but, boy, what a long drive lol

Great father/son day nonetheless.

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Re: year 2000

OMG!!! Memories.

When I were a young'un I built one of those 'cricket' circuits.

You know the ones - it chirps loudly and annoyingly but stops as soon as everything goes quiet eg when someone says "Shhh. Listen. Can you hear it?"

Fun times.

Never got called back to that school again.

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so

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Re: Am I the only one

"Please, we need a unit for mass."

A cath-O-lic?

Rhymes with Alco-h-olic.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers

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Re: Haynes Manuals

At least the ubiquitous "Simply" is missing.

I shudder seeing that word in an instruction manual of any sort.

"Simply do <this thing> and everything will be honky-dory unless you're an idiot."

Manual's in my pocket with the spanner.

Google's newest cloud region taken out by 'transient voltage' that rebooted network kit

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Meanwhile the Aussie googletwat said "We're not here to fuck spiders - let's just get on with it" and all was forgiven.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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Yep...

...along with O&O ShutUp10, just to allow users a bit more freedoms.

Hacking the computer with wirewraps and soldering irons: Just fix the issues as they come up, right?

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Re: Wire-Wrap Gun?

You 'ad 'and tools?

OK, so you stole $600m-plus from us, how about you be our Chief Security Advisor, Poly Network asks thief

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Wow

To coin a phrase: "Well, that escalated quickly."

Cider O' clock somewhere.

Microsoft, flush with cash, raises cloud office suite prices for businesses

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"In 2020 alone we released over 300 new capabilities"

Ah, yes. But how many new capabilities did the people ask for?

How many capabilities did you lose?

How many vulnerabilities did you introduce?

Only rhetorical questions, I suppose.

Too drunk to really care any more.

Stay safe and well, fellow commentards.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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As an Aussie I have nothing of real value to contribute here except to say that the title "Procurator Fiscal" is fucking awesome.

May the force be with you.

Good news: There's a slightly increased chance of asteroid Bennu hitting Earth. Bad news: It's still really slight

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I'm not paranoid but I've penciled it in on my calendar.

I think it's a couple of days before the wife's birthday so I won't forget.

Elevating bork to a new level (if the touchscreen worked)

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Re: Touch Screen

Yeah.

I just want the doors to go 'swiiiisshh' as they open.

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!

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Sorry I only have one of these to give you for that. Cheers.

Flushing roulette: Southern Water installing digital sewer monitors to prevent blockages

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Re: overflowing manholes

What you did there. I seen'd it.

AI algorithms uncannily good at spotting your race from medical scans, boffins warn

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Re: Can't let a dollar go by, can they?

Of course, YMMV but for me with my business aimed at young mums with young kids who only use Facebook, then I DO need to use it.

For them, and thus for me, that IS the interwebtubes therefore I have to have an appropriate page because my 'normal' website simply doesn't exist in their world.

As I've posted in the past, though, I can still do it on my terms with FBP, uBlock Origin and the usual suspects installed.

Just because many on el reg don't use farcebook / faecesbook / fuckbook or whatever mature name du jour doesn't mean there aren't others who successfully use it.

Sure WE IT FOLK all know it's bad for <heaps of reasons here> but for many in the 'real world' they simply don't care about privacy issues, security and tracking and the like and as long as they want to give me money, then I'm happy to take it and put it in my coat pocket.

SolarWinds urges US judge to toss out crap infosec sueball: We got pwned by actual Russia, give us a break

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Re: can't have it both ways!

^^^This!

I came to say the same thing but probably not as eloquently.

I also wonder if said judges/whomever will be asking the same question.

Have one on the house - it's beer O' clock here.

Hungarian tech store closed by World War II bomb

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Slightly OT but when I were a young 'un and first 'diagnosed' as colourblind (aged about six or seven - father made the discovery whilst trying to teach me snooker!) the list of occupations not likely opened for me included airline pilot, train driver and, yep, bomb disposal person.

Even in the military in my later years I wasn't allowed to work in stores responsible for ammo distribution - apparently eg red is real, blue is blanks, white is tracer or some such scheme - don't really remember the colour scheme since I didn't have to!

Seriously, though, hope nobody gets hurt even after all this time.

Stay safe everyone.

eBay ex-security boss sent down for 18 months for cyber-stalking, witness tampering

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Wow

Weird but when I've been drunk on a bender I've never had the urge to do or encourage others to be involved in sending live insects, the severed head of a fetal pig, funeral wreaths, a pig's head mask, or a book about coping with the loss of a spouse, to other people.

Maybe that's just me.

What a great excuse.

/s

Ecuador shreds Julian Assange's citizenship

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Re: I apologise unreservedly …

We don't fucking want him either, thanks.

Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry

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Sure.

A Freudian slip is usually worn under a see-through blouse.

Microsoft has a workaround for 'HiveNightmare' flaw: Nuke your shadow copies from orbit

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i-c-a-c-l-s

sitting on my PC

there's a WHOOSH

and a WHOOSH

and I have a Hive-Nightmare

Ac-cessControlLists very, very frightening me

Galileo, Galileo

Galileo, Galileo

Galileo, Figaro - magnificoo

Or some such thing.

Pub O' clock here --------------------->

Tech support scams subside somewhat, but Millennials and Gen Z think they're bulletproof and suffer

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Yep...

"...but they are a slimy and slippery lot."

So are some of the scammers.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Re: It would be more useful if it allowed specifc templates

"Am I correct in assuming there are third party utilities for customising menus?"

You are correct.

"Ultimate Windows Tweaker" does exactly that (and more), is portable ie doesn't need to be 'installed' and seems quite harmless.

I've used it and it can do quite a bit, if you want it to.

Not affiliated just used it a few times.

Windows 11 gets chatty as Teams integration turns up

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Re: What he said

Have an upvote for choosing not to be offensive.

Mountains on neutron stars are not even a millimetre tall due to extreme gravity

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Can't say this addled old brain fully understands it all but am certainly only going to refer to mountains as quadrupole deformations from now on.

Must say, science is really exciting stuff, regardless.

A quadrupole deformation in a glass all round.

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Re: Misnomer

Is this the (pseudo) astroboffin version of being a flat earther ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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Re: Only one question...

I use (on my only Win 10 rig) OOShutup10 to disable all the telemetry at the moment.

It's a 'portable' piece of software not requiring installation.

I have no doubt that either it will be updated to continue that trend with Win 11 or another, similar piece of software will come along to take over the job.

As for part two of your question, it currently displays a list of options and you simply chose which you wish to run or not run.

Check it out here (no affiliation, simply a long time user):

https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

It had to happen: Microsoft's cloudy Windows 365 desktops are due to land next month

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Re: What about...

Finally a feature that's worthwhile.

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Most common fault was Magnets

Two?

Pah!

Amateurs.

United, Mesa airlines order 200 electric 19-seater planes for short-hop flights

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Re: I wonder

Nah, that'll never take off.

BOFH: But soft! What light through yonder filing cabinet breaks?

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Why, of course...

"...multidimensional array positioning and cross-polar Mandelbrot-Fourier interpolation."

Thought it was a well known fact that this is absolutely why we need to update our work machines regularly.

That and the fact that the 'cloud' is getting much further away from us because, erm, climate change or something.

Have one on the house.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Re: I have found another solution for that problem

Yep.

You know what I look like, let's get down to business.

Presumably you've emailed any pics or docs I need to see ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Where's the boss? Ah right, thorough deep-dive audit. On the boardroom table. Gotcha

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Oops

I was in the reverse position (ooer, guv) and 'caught out'.

Not many of my (IT Manager) coworkers knew much about my private/social life but had seen me being dropped of by a beautiful brunette on a regular basis, including kisses and hugs, etc. Well, actually, not so much of the 'etc' but you get the gist.

Nice flashy Ford LTD, back in the day, too, so I assume folks decided I was married.

Imagine my surprise reading various anonymous notes on my desk about infidelity and the like after folks had noticed me being picked up recently by a different beautiful but tall brunette wearing sunglasses and very well dressed.

And driving a small sports car, to boot even if it was a hire.

Also on the receiving end of hugs and kisses and obviously a movie star!!!

Yep, you guessed it.

Daughter is a lovely young lady and had come to stay with us for a surprise few days (we lived in different States and hadn't seen each other for a few years).

I'm sure they freaked out on her last day when wife AND daughter dropped me off before wife took daughter to airport.

Lots of hugs and kisses (and a few tears) that day, too.

Damn, I miss the simpler times some days.

Cheers, everyone.

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Re: Phone shenanigans

Coffee, meet screen.

You're well acquainted by now.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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Mushroom

Re: "if you buy a product, you own it"

Not sure where you are but here in Oz that's not the case.

Same with printer manufacturers saying you can only use their inks or void warranty.

Powers that be said "Nope. Unless you can prove this ink was directly the cause of the explosion or whatever, no affect on customer's warranty. Case closed."

Of course, your mileage may vary ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The human-devoid AI-powered Saildrone Surveyor ship just made it to Hawaii from SF

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Yes, yes, but will they secretly provide sharks with frikkin' lasers?

That's what I want if I can't have the flying cars I was promised.

YouTube's recommendation engine is pretty naff, Mozilla study finds

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Must admit I think something changed 'recently' (ie within the last year or two) but when you are logged in and select 'not interested' in a video you used to be given the option to explain why.

IIRC (and that's a big 'if') something like:

-- In a foreign language

-- Not relevant to me

-- Seen before

-- Something something

Tick one

Don't remember it being all that good but made you feel like they would do something about it in future. Seemed to cut down the chaff a bit.

Now it's basically 'not interested' 'don't recommend channel' or 'report'.

And all the chaff has returned.

At least I don't see ads.

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Re: Relevant

DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT search for that!!!

You have been warned.

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Re: It's the ads that irritate me most

uBlock Origin, Adblock Plus, Ghostery and Privacy Badger.

No ads, no tracking.

As for the in-vid ads, skipping forward several seconds using right arrow key is a handy habit.

Audacity is a poster child for what can be achieved with open-source software

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Re: Calm down, people

Absolutely.

After each Windows update I re-run OOSHUTUP10 and am constantly annoyed at how many settings MS has the cheek to 'restore' on my behalf.

Drive you to drink ----------------->

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