* Posts by Ordinary Donkey

173 posts • joined 10 Jul 2019


We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

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My suspicion

If you reset the plotter, it sometimes fixed the problem but took a couple of minutes to run through the whole process. People would try in the meantime and declare it not fixed. Forcing them to wait long enough to lever up the floor panel and press the redundant box meant they waited long enough between attempts to reset the plotter.

'Ring of fire' headed to northern UK – a partial solar eclipse, not the sensation you get after a potent vindaloo

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Re: I videoed the last one

I remember that one. I was walking through the trees and all the tiny specs of light through the leaves turned into little banana shapes.

Would have been nice to know this was going to happen today but ah well.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

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Why does it have to be either or?

Can't I just be smug that there are no nude photos of me, even from my summer job giving rides on Skegness beach, without having people assume that I think the perp in this story did nothing wrong?

JBS Foods ransomware gang: White House 'engaging directly' with Russia about attack on massive meat producer

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Re: A simpler explanation

I must admit, my first thought was Animal Rights activists.

Will the real IRC please stand up? Freenode’s forest fire leaves ashes – and fresh growth

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Re: Poetry Competition


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Kinda the opposite of Cancel Culture, no?

Cancel Culture is when the people in charge of social networks force people out, either for saying something they or their backers don't like, or for drawing in bad publicity.

IRC being decentralised makes it easy to make your own alternative, then all you need to do is get people to actually want to go there.

Here's hoping it lasts longer than Parler.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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Not directed at me, but how often have people seen foreign colleagues pestered to help a manager's child who is studying their language in school?

Microsoft: Behold, at some later date, the next generation of Windows

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Re: Poor Show, The Register

It was betrayed by the ZX81

Freenode IRC staff resign en masse, unhappy about new management

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Interesting timing, what with PIA's connections to Israel and all.

New IETF draft reveals Egyptians invented pyramids to sharpen razor blades

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Patent 91304

Did anyone ever work out what was up with the pyramid razor thing anyway? It was quite a big thing until people realised it didn't do much.

Us? Pwn SolarWinds? With our reputation? Russian spy chief makes laughable denial of supply chain attack

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Remind me

Didn't Solarwinds leave their admin password publicly visible?

If Russia didn't hack them after that then either they don't consider using a leaked password to be a hack, or they're in the minority. By now even the furry tree sloths will have got in on the act.

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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Just putting my bofh hat on for a moment...

If I were working in IT for West Midlands Trains and I was pissed off that management hadn't given us a bonus, but I didn't want to stick my neck out, what else might I do?

I mean I could do something like this. I might hope that other people would have a strop on my behalf and the press would have a field day. As we can see people couldn't really blame me for a successful security check. Not and have it stick.

The only missing step would be to persuade someone else in IT to actually send the emails. To be bofh level there should be no verifiable trail.

South Africa's state-owned energy firm to appeal after court rules Oracle does not have to support its software

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Re: R7.3bn down to R400m

Geography means that most of the people commenting have more experience of Oracle shit than Eskom shit.

Australian ponders requiring multiple IDs to sign up for social media, plus more crypto-busting backdoors

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False Dilemma...

This will only save innocent lives until the creeps get themselves hired to run the panopticon.

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem

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Ow, that thing.

I think I had one of those cars. The brightness knob was behind the ignition in just the right place that turning the key would turn the brightness down ever so slightly, giving the impression of a gradual fault until you worked out what it was.

UK terror law reviewer calls for expanded police powers to imprison people who refuse to hand over passwords

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Re: Plausible deniability

My ticket out is booked for mid April. Goodbye, and good luck.

As someone who already left this gives me a curiously fuzzy feeling. Good to see others doing the same thing.

Cryptic US Strategic Command tweet reveals dangers of working from home with kids in the way

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Re: So ";l;;gmlxzssaw" is a child, eh?

It makes it being careless when you put your phone down mid-tweet.

But somehow people still talk about it more than three years later.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

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I hate to break the news to you, but clothes made with silver-infused thread to produce a faraday effect are already widely available.

Underwear too.

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Re: Stalker's dream

You won't be able to keep it in the home. There are more than twice as many identifiable wifi networks in my home office than there are apartments in the building.

TikTok no worse than Facebook for privacy, says Citizen Lab (although Chinese TikTok is a horror)

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Re: Thanks for the warning.

Just in: Branding no worse than burning for your skin.

GitLab latest to ditch 'master' as default initial branch name: It's now simply called 'main'

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Re: RE: Master / slave

It comes from the radial engine and probably the windmill before that.

In truth 'main' is probably going to win out in the end just for saving two characters. So how about we settle the differences and call it the top branch?

Prime suspect: Amazon India apologises for offensive scenes in political thriller

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Re: Bad news

That's not about Speech though. Getting in somebody's face is another matter and what the person doing so does or doesn't say doesn't change it.

Claiming the right to inflict harm on someone because you don't like what they're saying is justifying hate crimes, end of.

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Re: Bad news

No, just because you don't like the Koran doesn't give you the right to kick people for quoting it. Maybe try again?

Bill Gates on climate change: Planting trees is not the answer, emissions need to be zeroed out to avoid disaster

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Man who owns 268,984 acres in the USA alone wants us to know that he doesn't need to plant any trees on that land.

(About a 19th of a Wales thanks for asking)

European Space Agency open to hiring astronauts with a physical disability

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What about stomas?

The case has been made many times that people who already shit through mechanical devices are perfect for space exploration.

No joy for Julian Assange as Uncle Sam confirms it will keep pushing for WikiLeaker's extradition to America

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Re: IANAL...

What makes you think he wouldn't have been extradited to the USA?

Robinhood plays Sheriff of Nottingham as it pauses GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry etc stock sales, gets sued

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They would say that they tried that already. After all, this all exploded immediately after Biden let them down.

They say that politics isn't fixing it because Wall Street owns the politicians. So to effect political change they have to destabilise Wall Street first.

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Some would say that the real market manipulation is the government bailing out Wall Street every time it fucks up and proves itself unfit for purpose.

Just summarising the views of the people doing this to hurt wall street there. Remember, American workers didn't get a furlough during covid but Wall Street got trillions. People are angry.

Games Workshop finds that in the grim darkness of the 3rd millennium, there is only ERP

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I did the same, then assumed that was deliberate.

Well played, El Reg.

Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks hacking and spy charges, rules British judge

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Re: So

In other words an anonymous coward wants us to believe him rather than an internationally recognised expert in the field.

Go home, Michael Gove, you're drunk.

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Re: So

International experts on torture, including the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, say that he was tortured.

But maybe this time the experts are wrong and you're right, who knows?

We take a look at proposed Big Tech regulations in the UK: Heavy on possible fines, light on enforcement

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Re: Online Harms and duty of care

What would such an icon look like? My feeling would be probably the steamroller from his last request.

As for the Tories, they're already weaponising fake news. partial list here.

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"Tech giants"

I haven't been able to see any clear definition of what this regulation considers to be a 'tech giant'. Is there such a definition?

The cynic in me expects them to define it so vaguely that they can silence small companies by declaring them to be tech giants and fining them a thousand times their revenue.

Leaked draft EU law reveals tech giants could face huge 6% turnover fines if they don't play by Europe's rules

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Re: "legal but harmful"

It seems like it includes spreading doubt about vaccines, if Matt Hancock's troll farm is anything to go by.

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there

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I've worked in a ton of places where only one person has access to the building's fuse box.

I can see the point, but one dodgy kettle and you're offline for hours.

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience

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Re: overwhelming evidence ?

I think you're touching on the actual issue here.

The problem isn't people who doubt experts, it's the ones who trust them too much and don't get that sometimes they mislead you.

In March there was a global shortage of masks. So a variety of people took it upon themselves to lie to the plebs, probably spontaneously. Now there is no shortage but some of the plebs still believe what those people said when there was.

Having no faith in experts whatsoever, I masked up in March.

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Or, let's be fair, in Downing Street.

In the mean time who's up for a barbecue at Barnard Castle? Pangolin steaks are on me.

One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure

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Re: Pressure

Since Her Majesty doesn't have an official weight might I suggest substituting her namesake the QE2? Wikipedia gives that a gross tonnage of 70,327

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms

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We Avoid Verbose Environments.

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

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I have actually tripped a circuit breaker by plugging something into a socket at an awkward angle. Contact was rapidly made and broken 2-3 times and the trip switch went. That was the first time I figured switches had a purpose.

Ruined a few people's mornings until the caretaker arrived to open the breaker box.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan, India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

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Three weeks to the election and impossible demands are being made again.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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Is Simon-land the new name of the office now he's fortified it and reverted to savagery?

What will the first explorers to breach the threshold in eeeeaargh! *Splat* the first explorers found a greased floor and slid into a vacant elevator shaft. Will the next be any <WAAA WAAA> Is that a halon alarm? What can it...

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Oor Wullie is working at Wikipedia now?

US senators: WikiLeaks 'likely knew it was assisting Russian intelligence influence effort' in 2016 Dem email leak

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Re: Is this news?

Did you see the line-up at the Democrat convention this week?

Stars of the 1996 Republican convention brought back as Democrat guests of honour were just the beginning.

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Almost like there's an election...

... and they're scared Trump will try to pardon Julian in order to suck up to the voters.

Capita: We were juuust about to generate revenue growth and sustainable cash flow – then pandemic stuffed it up

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"Covid ate my homework"

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

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Re: Was that said with a sarcastic tone?

The Martin Luther King paraphrase rather confirms it.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Pretty good

I've learned so much about virtualization since it became clear my only other choice would be to let 10 touch metal.



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