* Posts by Trubbs

39 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Aug 2020

A cheeky intern nearly turned MS-DOS into NSFW-DOS


Got the t shirt

We routinely adjusted the dos command interpreter output strings for our own entertainment. Most of it much more nsfw then this example ha ha

Don't recall that getting into the wild though thankfully...

You've just spent $400 on a baby monitor. Now you need a subscription


Re: "the sudden imposition of subscription fees"

*I keep being asked by my energy provider when I'd like my 'Smart' meter fitted. They seem genuinely shocked when I reply "I'll only ever have one of those fitted if it becomes mandatory"."

Me too all the way. My only concern is the planned removal of the radio signal that tells my meter when economy 7 tariff applies. That may come before smart meters are mandatory...

Mozilla calls cars from 25 automakers 'data privacy nightmares on wheels'



Taken as written from the link provided

"check your EVs charing status,"

Freudian slip one must assume

Google rebrands 'android' as 'Android' to remove any doubt about its affiliations



WW2 SeaMineDroid and SpaceHopperDroid for me...

Edited for consistent capitalisation, that will be a squizzilion pounds please

Last rites for the UK's Online Safety Bill, an idea too stupid to notice it's dead


Re: Last Rites, unfortunately...

Which is strange really when considering the actual readership numbers


What helps of course is tv and radio news appears to be driven by what is in the papers each day

BT CEO orders staff: Back to the office or risk 'disciplinary action'


Anonymous Coward

People have been leaving BT in drones for months.

Flying cars in disguise?

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons


Re: Missed a trick there.

Most establishments I visit are already well populated with ring pieces

The Raspberry Pi Pico goes wireless with the $6 W


Re: Pounds?

And the exchange rate...

Apple's return-to-office plan savaged by staff


Re: Where are the metrics?

"Beware the too-broad average"

Exactly, if you are not concentrating on the individual human beings in your organisation then you are missing the point.

Your people are your wealth, engage them successfully and together you can build a sustainable and profitable business

Or your business model is (morally) flawed


Horses for courses

As a seasoned professional with experience of 'being sent out into the field' and working autonomously I personally thrive WFH and as a side effect contribute to green imperatives not commuting 30 mile each way to attend a distracting centralised work environment plus increased productivity etc etc. Best case scenario...


Talking to my younger less experienced colleagues (I am a member of rudderless manglement) they do not always feel the same way. Mentoring young aspiring workers can be done remotely but it is tricky, they tell me that they feel a vacuum when seniors are absent. It takes a special effort and time to engage and support.

This kind of appreciation for individual needs is not catered for in an increasingly homogenised nay polarised quasi-political debate (looking at you Rees Mogg you wanker). We should assess each worker individually, engage and ask, some surprising responses come back.

What is clear is that there are two types of remote workers, production heroes and work-shy wasters.

Engage and inspire. Maintain the former, release back into the wild the latter and you have a killer team.

If you do not have the time to engage your workers this way then either your business model does not support it (and you have some issues there) or your organisation is not set up correctly.

Datacenters in Ireland draw more power than all rural homes put together


Re: gotta be the crypto mining

"My electricity bill is quite a bit more more than €0.24 (£0.27 or €0.32), and that is the residential rate which is price-capped."

Assuming you are in the UK then European comparisons don't really apply?

Meta strikes blow against 30% 'App Store tax' by charging 47.5% Metaverse toll



So it is actually possible to get something for literally nothing after all

Vital UK customs system outage contributes to travel chaos at its borders


Re: @Spaceman9

Where is the block poster button?

In my home town many years ago when I was a youth, there was a scruffy looking old bloke stood in a doorway, shouting incoherently, discernable words but in an illogical order. Emitting almost violent ramblings to anyone passing by accompanied by wild gesticulations like chemically induced private semaphore signals, spittle on his chin, a hypnotic stare - the full works.

Commentard Mr C Junky you remind him to me, the argument is lost get over it. It was a bad idea for business and personal freedoms. But it happened, so now I spend my working and personal life trying to mitigate the effects as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Myself and many others, we don't complain just calmly state facts

Anyway, we used to give him a wide berth (pun intended)

Happy Friday cheers

Crypto inferno: Intel's Bitcoin-mining Blockscale ASIC to arrive in Q3


Re: Efficiency

"but the numbers in the article say that it's less efficient than bitmain's best."

That should be the headline, to me it read like a sponsored article

5G masts will be strapped to lampposts and traffic lights – once £4m project figures out who owns them


"+1 for the pink floyd reference!"

Roger to that!

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules


Re: OK.

"Probably. If you have the money and the right contacts."

Actually you raise an excellent point about parts of society not having a choice due to quite possibly no fault of their own. Having the choice is bollocks. Having a baseline as good wholesome quality protects that part of society who will be inevitably forced to consume the lowered baseline standard food.

Not looking forward to a greyscale 2022? Then look back to the past in 64 colours


Re: 64 colours?

"When I were a boy we had only 4 colours"

Four? Pfft...

Eyeball searing green or nothing it were when I were a lad.

But you try telling them...

Online retailers delaying sales of Raspberry Pi 4 model until 2023, thanks to a few good chips getting scarce


Re: Read the air.

Merry Christmas

Before I agree to let your app track me everywhere, I want something 'special' in return (winks)…


Re: I would like to add...

"Has anyone at all in the history of time ever clicked Yes?"

Yes just once for something I reckoned in a moment of madness that I needed, but perhaps rather predictably it didn't work...

Google updates timeline for unpopular Privacy Sandbox, which will kill third-party cookies in Chrome by 2023


Re: Search engine revenues

Got one oh and a backup doesn't work on mobile tinterweb on someone else's phone though


Search engine revenues

Thinking about that aspect. The average user will not adjust search engine settings. As the dominate browser, google (other verbs are available) will get the searches and subsequent revenue.

Been trailing brave search beta (99% of searches brings back good results) having been on quackquackbing for a while. Using a default chrome browser the other day, wow first relevant result is half way down the page. Useless.

In my day, you typed a query and clicked on one of the top three results. But you try telling the kids of today... and they wont believe you.

Google = serve me irrelevant and unwanted advertising.

UK's BT starts trials of new hollow-core optical fibre networks


Re: Scattering

Sounds mint

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source


Re: Start the Clock....

There'll inevitably be another lot coming in shortly and they won't be bound by these assurances issued by a previous administration...

UK on track to miss even its slashed full-fibre gigabit coverage goals, warn MPs


Re: Johnson's career

I don't really think it matters whether they are delivered or not. It is all about the soundbite, the transient warm fuzzy glow embued to statistically analysis driven demographically targeted voters when the reassurances are delivered via mass media. Who follows parliamentary committee outcomes in the general population? A recentish straw poll at my place of employment as to what Hansard is turned into a rather depressing exercise. Who knew that the general population in the UK is so disconnected from the sovereign institutions that decide on their behalf, they would vote for any old shit if it was put across in the right way... oh... wait....

Google reCAPTCHA service under the microscope: Questions raised over privacy promises, cookie use


Re: In a way this is all encouraging for me

For me always just a check box until I started using Brave recently then multiple grainy pictures and repeated tests when trying to access PayPal (to close an account). At no time did I think I should open up the default shield behaviour. I did get a sense of repeated and varying attempts to identify me / set an identifier, I dunno maybe checking what my browser is doing in some way. Tbh couldn't be bothered to spend the time working it out. Close the account and avoid in future

What will you do with your Raspberry Pi 4 this week? RISC it for a biscuit perhaps?


Pi4 is now running as a Pi-Hole so I'll just have to get another one

My (2nd hand) Pi 2 is more than sufficient to take care of pi-hole leaving the 3b+ and 4 for tinkering

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong


Re: 65536

"It is strange an Oracle consultant did not prefer text files and SQL*Loader"

Or even better the nightmare that was/is Discoverer

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Golden Goose

I have paid a considerable portion of my mortgage supporting business critical full blown applications hosted up the back end of excel workbooks. They have just one big button to activate and everything else is VBA forms etc. The original developer left the company and as soon as I let slip I knew how to fix them I was encumbered.

Migrating/ rewriting to 'proper' desktop apps paid some more mortgage.

So I have a personal grudging soft spot for excel. Don't get me started on fsckng msaccess!

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April


Re: Plan B

I have my money on Belgium

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village



That's just crazy

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?


Get Britain flying again

Bring forth the flying trucks.

Don't even think of saying it won't work, solutions only please.

Only solutions will be accepted....

It isn't denial honestly.

The people have spoken, so now we make it work.

So solutions please.



US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine


Re: Ah well...

Help to keep the sea level down I suppose


Re: Wrong lightbulbs...

I believe the maths advises to swap them out for LEDs before they fail. The replacement costs are offset by lower running costs. Just remember to recycle the mercury....

OnePlus Nord is surprisingly fixable compared to earlier stablemates, but common repairs require disassembly


Facts Vs opinion

I bought a OnePlus 7 pro 5g from EE in GB with no zuckershite in sight. The build is pretty much vanilla stock with a few useful tweaks, sure there is some stuff I will never use but I don't recognize above comments. My previous phone was an S4 running optimised LineageOS Android 10 so I know what near to stock looks like and it looks like the phone I have. Even chocolate factory is tamed (as much as that is possible via Android). Private VPN through home network behind pi-hole etc for internet works lovely. Didn't bother with 5G because we don't have it in the sticks...