* Posts by Aussie Doc

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When you bork... through a storm: Liverpool do all they can to take advantage of summer transfer, er, Windows

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Re: On-screen bork! Luxury

Yeah, but try telling kids today.

Have one on the house ---->

Maze ransomware gang threatens to publish sensitive stolen data after US aerospace biz sensibly refuses to pay

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Hmmmm...

I new to this criminal mastermind stuff but wouldn't it hurt your 'brand' if you didn't actually carry out your threat(s) rather than extend it.

Sort of like: "We've done <this thing> to your data. If you don't pay <these $> by <this time> we'll do <this thing> to/with your data."

When negotiations 'break down' then you carry out said <this thing> or how would anybody take your brand seriously?

Would be laughable if it wasn't so serious and detrimental, but I agree with the commentards about one day upsetting the wrong folks.

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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Yeah, sure.

I seem to recall (perhaps badly) but wasn't the military involved at some stage with their 'secret technology' and they couldn't find a drone either.

Some sort of shoulder mounted doo-dad pointed at the clouds.

Or it might have been some special police unit - too relaxed to look for citation.

It was all very strange, as many commentards have mentioned - so many cameras of varying quality around yet nobody caught anything.

Strange.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft

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Re: @Chris G - Terminate

Big upvote for SU10 - so easy to stop so much crap from loading.

Works hand-in-hand nicely with Classic Shell.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Land of the Free

"But was it a lead-free soldier?"

I'm no expert but I reckon most soldiers like to be lead-free.

Have one on the house.

Yet another beefy BSOD spotted lurking within the walls of US patty pusher

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Re: Stuffed full of deliciousness

I realise you were attempting irony or sarcasm here but as an Ozzie, I can guarantee that rooburgers are, in fact, quite a pleasant delicacy here.

The meat is dark and almost 'gamey' in it's taste.

Also highly recommended by our 'heart boffins' who know about this stuff.

Always goes well with a few of these --------->

Scottish cops dangle £6m for help understanding 160TB treasure trove of structured and unstructured data

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Oops.

"...hunt for virtual data warehouse and data lake providers..."

My tired eyes read that as 'data leak providers' and thought somebody was going to leave lots of USB drives lying around on buses or something.

Japan to test self-destructing satellite to shrink space junk with string and an inanimate carbon blob

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Yeah, sure.

And there was me thinking we were going to get frickin' lasers.

Disappointed now.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: 3 years?

Oi! What's wrong with the way I dress?

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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Re: GAIA-X

And not a 'cyber-' in sight.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial

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Re: Wombatnado

One of the scariest (if you haven't been forewarned) evening sounds out woop woop is that of koalas in a tree at night.

I kid you not - the growling sounds that they make is scary as to anybody who's never heard it before.

Also, the wombat, being solid muscle, is totally able to write off a motor vehicle after being hit and still able to walk away slightly annoyed.

DAMHIK.

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Nah, mate.

We don't have rabies here.

The mutant crocs scared them off.

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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Tinfoil Hat Time

Everybody knows it's a government ploy to force us to update our 33.6 kbit/s modems, yessiree.

Not fooling me for a minute.

I complained to them and they told me to download a 'Complaints' pdf. It's on day three of it's download but they don't fool me.

Don't panic: An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is flying past Earth this weekend but we're just fine

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"Don't panic..."

You're not fooling me with your 'don't panic' bravado - I went straight out and bought 300 rolls of toilet paper just in case.

Fool me once and all that.

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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Re: Can't remember where I saw this...

My senior's moments seem to last days.

OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous

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Re: Must try Ardour

Slightly OT but I run a neat extension called TempMail which allows you to create a throwaway email addy just to get a link then never check again.

You can reset the addy as required.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: This is not how security works

"... it'll be obvious you're talking to a professional."

Totally OT but I received a frantic phone call from a business customer saying that they had a call to say their phones would be cut off unless blah blah blah.

I told them that we'd discussed this before - it was a scam.

The reply? "BUT THEY SOUNDED SO SURE OF THEMSELVES."

They walk amongst us and even vote.

Stay well.

Black horse down: UK banking giant Lloyds suffers an online wobble

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Yeah, sure.

I always find it 'strange' whenever I go on a forum that has a significant number of folk complaining that <this big company>'s website is down but whenever >this big company> responds it's always with "Only some of our customers were affected".

The cynic in me tends think the rest of the customers either don't have internet or simply hadn't accessed <this big company>'s website anyway.

Certainly the evidence usually suggests it's more than 'some'.

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Proof at last...

Is it considered too crude to refer to Pimplethinskin as a fucking moron?

Sorry, but he is really not a well man and the rest of his 'team' need to be held accountable for not reigning him in.

It will take the US a long time to recover if they ever get rid of him.

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Re: Simple Response.

I was under the impression that they can't do that because they are seen as being official WH documents or something - I recall somebody taking this to the courts last year (I think).

Likewise, he was not allowed to 'block' people on his twit? twat? for the same reason.

Can't be bothered looking for the citations but am sure somebody who cares a bit more than me will find it/them.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: Astroboffins. Really?

"Topperware?

Yeah - you put five of them in an office and close the door.

Return later and there are seven of them but none of them are wearing shoes.

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Re: Astroboffins. Really?

New here?

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"...nuclei with protons and (optionally) neutrons in them...

That I can understand but it's the morons I have problems with.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: You supported a system...

In my part of Outback Oz ™ I've postal voted for as long as I can remember.

Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app

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Re: Chair of NHS Improvement

I think I worked with his brother, Wayne.

Wayne Kerr.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Yeah, sure.

Well, of course they couldn't get it to work.

They were obviously holding it wrong.

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Re: What 5G ?

"I don't see any 5G in the Glastonbury area."

Well, of course you don't.

THEY don't want you to see, you see.

<sound of tinfoil hats being made>

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Re: And the moral of this story is ...

"These crims should be stripped of the Queen's passports."

I agree - that Yaxley-Lennon looks nothing like the Queen.

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Similar to...

Have one on me for such a worthy cause.

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Remember Goose Green

Remember the Olympics.

Okay, not quite mouthy politician.

I seem to recall similar stuff with the Munich Olympics '72.

The special forces du jour were trying to sneak into a building to rescue athletes/hostages but a TV crew were live broadcasting the incident and the baddies simply watched on the TV and waited with predictable, dire, results.

Still remember the harrowing scenes from that.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Please please please...

Reminds me more of Melania, methinks, what with all her 'kidney' surgery and the like.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Re: Google apps etc. via browser?

He's holding it wrong?

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: Proper lash up

Does sound like the makings of a New Year's Resolution joke, though, so have one on me.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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Re: We know what you did ...

...because I have a full time job already...

You owe me a new keyboard because of -------->

Hi, Google Duplex here, trying to book a haircut for a socially inept human. Sorry, 'COVID-19'?... DOES NOT COMPUTE

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Alevin...

SCCOOOOOOOOTLUND!!!

FREEEEEEDUUUUUM!!!

Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)

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Re: en-US != en-*

I read it as 'botherers', like as in my religious friends - god botherers. Still beer O' clock so that could explain it.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Paris Hilton

Mais oui...

...reluctant Frenchman...

So even he didn't want to be French.

<Gallic shrug here>

Paris. Because she's doesn't want to be French either.

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'

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Shirley

Well, obviously that would depend whether it was an African elephant or an Asian elephant, of course.

Probably not in my pocket ---------------------->

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

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Re: Of course! Cricket!

Damn, that was a flashback to my Hotspur days.

Used to be delivered the same day as the Dandy and Beano at our place, without fail, when I were a delivery lad in Salop 100 years ago.

Crickey, I'm old.

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Re: Alligator...

Nope - the Hoop snake is renown for being more ferocious than a drop bear in a fight.

Will steal one of those, too, if provoked --------->

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'

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3D Printers

I'm part of an active Ozzie group of 3D printers helping to provide masks to GP and hospitals/medical facilities in each State.

We have 'team leaders' who liaise with the appropriate folks in 'the system' who indicate which design is appropriate to their facility (there are many different designs) so we don't waste time printing stuff destined to the bin, like so many currently online.

It's about putting useable PPE in the hands of those who need it most.

Under the circumstances any way to increase PPE for staff is great and one would hope many of the large manufacturers around the place are able to contribute with useful kit.

So kudos for apple (and Nike, too, I believe, as well as a few others around the globe). Every bit helps, I'm sure.

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

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Shirley not

I must have had too many ----->

So, in order to make it easier for users to see which of their extensions can access their data, google will actually hide them.

Nope, I must be way under the affluence of incohol for this to make sense.

Edited to acknowledge a few commentards have said pretty much the same thing.

Still doesn't make it right, Google.

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

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Re: Pah, you kids

You 'ad finger nails?

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Re: COMMAND.COM

...all whilst walking on broken glass in the snow.

Tell kids today and they don't believe you.

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Fred Fish

Our local Amiga/Commodore Computer Club had the complete collection (with regular updates, of course) and there wouldn't have been a member who didn't have every single disk.

Wasted many an hour trying out some of the weird utilities as well as the quality graphic games.

Sad that he died so young.

Nice list of disk here https://www.amiga-stuff.com/pd/fish.html.

MissileCmd anyone?

Australian state will install home surveillance hardware to make sure if you're in virus isolation, you stay there

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Citation?

This any use?

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: One Sided Reporting

Can confirm, following strict investigation.

About the cats, I mean.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Good if you can get it.

Here in Outback Oz ® I've been medically retired from IT for a long time and now make wooden toys for a living.

I've worked from home for ~15 years from an outside, three car garage converted into a woodwork shop - my lathe, bandsaw, scrollsaws, drill presses, timber stock and the like. I have a separate metalwork shop with a minilathe, MIG and stick welders because why not. Finally, a separate finishing shed that's reasonably clean enough to finish my toys.

Reasonably fast broadband connection and wifi extenders and ethernet as able allows me to have PCs in each location for music du jour (as loud as I want - nobody for mile/kms) and quick access to my farcebook page (my demographics is young mums with kids - they all do facey) and web page for orders.

I keep my own hours - may work from 4.00 am until 11.00pm for a couple of days or have a day off, depending on <insert excuse here>

My critters don't care about my company as long as they're fed and I have a great partner who is a serious gardener - Permaculturalist so we have plenty of food.

At the moment, we have discovered that our lifestyle is actually called 'quarantine' and our government is going to pay me to stay at home more???

Yeah, we're older and fit(ish) folk and the kids visit when their lifestyles get too much but like any stay at home business, it's not for everybody.

Meanwhile, folks, you be you, and be the best you that you can be under the circumstances.

Stay safe, no matter where you are and who you are with.

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Re: Add to the singing ban

Not sure I want to see naked and flamethrower in the same sentence. --->

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Re: Add to the singing ban

Bagpipes saved my life once - neighbour banging on the door wanting to talk to me urgently at 3 O' clock in the morning.

If I hadn't been playing my bagpipes at the time I never would have heard him at the door.

He was quite shouty, too ----->

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