* Posts by WanderingHaggis

19 posts • joined 5 Nov 2019

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

Big Brother

Re: I don't understand

It is not an immediate money question but one of validation. If they win even on the slimmest technicality their opinion is fact -- if they loose they prove that "the conspiracy" is all powerful and trying to silence them because the anti-vaxers are on to something.

As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!



I just had cataract surgery a couple of days ago and my vision feels great (still got to finish up all the procedures and get new glasses but the focus is highly improved making my old glasses bad.) So I think this is definitely augmenting my vision but not a sifi cybrog.

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


Re: Wee radge bastard

i'm fair skunnered

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic


Here comes the sun.

Our office was nicely redone and equipped with fancy sensors for the lights except in winter the low sun in the afternoon comes through the window hits the sensor and turns the lights off in the open office.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...


Re: Eleven!

s math a rinn thu

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


Re: Reminds me of my mum

We got my mother in law has a chromebook. I figured cheap, internet, emails and letters nothing else needed and remote desktop works across the pond. Sure beats her windows 95 (it still works so why do I have to change) with viruses and junk installed by friends of the family.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes


Re: Funny that

I'd use outlooks ability to send an email at a certain time so that it sent itself an email twenty minutes later much to the amazement of the user who'd be confused as how they had sent them self a rude email. When called by panic user I was able to enforce the don't leave your workstation unlocked message. Fun and pedagogic.


Funny that

Once upon a time a colleague who will remain nameless to protect the guilty took a screen shot / copy of the desktop and saved it as the background to the desktop. He then moved all the shortcuts off the desktop and hid the menu bar. When our PFY returned was clicking on "icon" trying shortcuts menus getting more and more frustrated. Nothing would happen, rebooting no good. For some reason his distrust of the team guided him to enlightenment.

Good days

After intense scrutiny, Zoom tightens up security with version 5. New features include not, er, spilling video calls to network snoops


Re: Government communications

Remember civil servants do what their masters tell them so I can imagine GCHQ being told don't blind me with science this zoom wagga boom magic works so stop messing around and let a chap get on with it.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


Re: You solved the problem, goodbye

Different minds work in different way -- I did support for the lady who tutored my daughter in maths she once told me she remembered a persons phone number because it was <dummy mode>the reciprocal prime of a </dummy mode> I don't know what. An other was a expansion of ... sheer genius way beyond me and she could explain maths to kids who were really struggling and succeed. But she couldn't find her way around a computer and a gui no matter how many times I showed her -- she'd drive me crazy but she was a wonderful person.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92


Best puchase I ever made

When I was in France my French teacher (a Montanan cowboy living in Marseille -- long story) would say that if you could understand Asterix you'd arrived. The stories are great for children but if you got the puns and cultural references ça y est. It is a child's book for adults or an adult's book for children I never could figure out which but I love them. When I travel in France I always check out the book stores for any new ones I don't have. ad times "Je doit maintenir mon lèvre supérieur rigide"

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password


Re: 1-2-3-4-5?

I get my boss telling me that as I set up his account for him I should know what his password is. I try to tell him I don't know, didn't store it and don't want to know it but it doesn't seem to fizz on him.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work


Re: "Only we guarantee Wi-Fi in every room"

Luxury when I were lad we used homing pigeons according to https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2549 and though ourselves lucky.

Beware the Friday afternoon 'Could you just..?' from the muppet who wants to come between you and your beer


I find most people are thankful and I have had some nice Christmas gifts as a result but I don't appreciate being then given ownership of all subsequent problems.

AI of the needle: Here's how neural networks could detect nighttime low blood-sugar levels using your heart beat


I've self funded a patch as it provides patterns which helps in adjusting background insulin and seeing what is going on. (I find the night scary as otherwise it is hard to see what is going on and morning readings may be showing a rebound so continuous readings is fantastic.) I am hoping to get my GP to provide it but truth be told there is a lag between the patch readings and the blood readings so I'm still finger pricking if I start dropping or driving. But as you say after thirty five years it is just a fact of life and I just get on with it, no sweat. It does annoy my wife if I leave bloody finger prints in the house (side effect of regular finger pricking -- just squeezing the finger soon after a test can get an other drop of blood.

I would like to see a closed loop (bad idea with the lag) the patch controls the pump and adjusts in real time that would be fantastic but for the lag.

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail


Me too

I our case the GD was "filing" everything in delete once he had dealt with it. The warning was the empty inbox when my PFY checked. Fortunately this was before anyone had emptied the trash and some remedial training was undertaken so no damage done. To his credit he took it well and I think appreciated that a disaster had been averted.

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?


I was working in France and had to call to get a replacement cell for our aging APC unit. I phone the customer support and chatted with the person who answered in my Glaswegian french. Half way through the call it registered in my brain that the APC person had given a distinctively Irish name and that APC had a call center in Dublin. I was sorely tempted to say thank you in Gaelic to her but chickened out feeling a bit daft talking French when I didn't need to. She seemed like a nice colleen.

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train


My funny bone has been eggaserbated by the puns that have been hatched.

IT protip: Never try to be too helpful lest someone puts your contact details next to unruly boxen


Re: Overtime

I had a similar experience when I was signing on after graduating. I was working part time but had to declare how many hours I worked the week before and then how many the week after. Due to the fact I was last one in I was covering when people didn't turn up and didn't have a regular shift. I used a similar solution. I was also required to sign that I wasn't going to do any further education -- I protested and we agreed I could sign saying as I didn't have the gift of prophecy I could say whether I would do any further education or not. Correct number of papers in file with signature so everyone was happy. (back in the 80s)


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