* Posts by Dave@Home

89 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Dec 2021


Atos confirms sale talks for datacenter and hosting biz have failed


Re: Oh noes

There are a lot of people who work there who were not involved in that contract

Junior techie had leverage, but didn’t appreciate the gravity of the situation


Re: "if the kids select it"

Back in the 80's my school was vehemently against triple science.

I ended up shunted into German Language instead of Biology, and was only able to pick it up at Higher level after A's in Physics and Chemistry. Even then I had one class where I was left sitting on my own with the textbooks 3x a week

Another airline finds loose bolts in Boeing 737-9 during post-blowout fleet inspections


Re: Shameful

That was thirty years ago. There comes a point where they do catch up, and even overtake.

Apple sets new 16,000-foot iPhone drop test after 737 fuselage fail


Re: Terminal velocity

"At very great heights, think Kittinger/Red Bull Felix/Eustace terminal velocity is much higher as there is less air resistance in the stratosphere. Naturally this does not apply to us landlubbers hopping out at 14k. "

not quite. The velocity at a certain point in the fall may be higher, but as drag increases as you get lower in the atmosphere it'll come out about the same by the time it becomes terminal.

Google Pixel gets privacy mode to keep your selfies safe from prying repair techs


Pixel diagnostics only available in the US

Despite what their own page says, you get a warning it's US only and kicks you back out.

Microsoft fixes Copilot multi-monitor issues in Windows 11 update


Multi-monitor explains it

I wondered why it wasn't showing on my desktop, but the laptop had it

Branson's wallet snaps shut for Virgin Galactic


Re: the not so royal we

A lot of the companies with Virgin in the name are actually totally separate and are paying a license fee. There's only a very small number which are actually owned by him/his holding group.

Sysadmin's favorite collection of infallible utilities failed … foully


Re: boot mbr etc

"A clean windows install always comes with BitLocker device encryption enabled"

Are you sure about that, I rebuilt this machine from scratch a month ago and it's off.

My laptop was rebuilt 6 months ago, again, off

'Return to Office' declared dead


Re: Stick

I'm in a union right now that got me a 11% rise last year.

Nothing in that was based on years of service, and salary bands are determined by job role.

Bank boss hated IT, loved the beach, was clueless about ports and politeness


Re: Every single time

I believe this is a Windows issue with how it assigns an identifier to a device on the USB bus, and binds the driver to that identifier.

Connecting the same device on a different port and it treats it as an entirely new device, and so need to reload the driver.

Regulator says stranger entered hospital, treated a patient, took a document ... then vanished


Re: Pardon?

It's a hospital in a town in Fife, not whatever Las Vegas caper movie you think you live in

Admin of $19M marketplace that sold social security numbers gets 8 years in jail


Re: Call me crazy

Well we manage to operate over here without handing over our National Insurance number to anyone but our employers

Experienced Copilot help is hard to find, warns Microsoft MVP


Re: This isn't unusual...

some consultants feel they "only need to be one page ahead of the customer."

Same as it ever was

FTX crypto-villain Sam Bankman-Fried convicted on all charges


Re: Whats wrong with crypto

I'm curious, as I'm having a little trouble following here.

Are you implying the RoHS was implemented to ramp gold?

Lenovo’s phantom ThinkPad X1 foldable laptop finally materializes


That's some exchange rate

base model in US is $2,499.00

base model in UK is £4,119.00 - $5027 (rounding to nearest $)

It took seven years but over-40s fired by HP win $18m settlement


Re: Purpose

It doesn't though, but not being settled at trial it merely comes out as a draw, with no future impact

Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off


Re: Easy to work out costs.

"Do Spanish power companies have magic money trees that those in other countries don't?"

Yeah Scottish Power

UK government slammed for Palantir 'free trial period' deal in Ukraine housing scheme


Re: Hold up...

Cross check for donors to the Conservative Party would be a KPI

It looks like you’re a developer. Would you like help upgrading Windows 11?


Re: Remove the crap

You can do that when installing from scratch, set the language to English (World) and not English (US) or English (UK)

You don't get the crap installed.

How is this problem mine, techie asked, while cleaning underground computer


The sausage skin factory...

Did a stint as a onsite support at a place called Devro - they take cow skins in at one end and push out sausage skins and other collagen stuff for food products at the end.

There was always a slightly tacky sensation on every surface and you'd invariably leave site smelling like a dog treat.

We had a task to replace some hardward on the shop floor, upgrade some RAM, basic stuff.

Opening the case can only be described as appearing like a prop from the Reactor building in Aliens. Peeling a layer of film off the motherboard was also rather grim.

Save the Children hit by ransomware, 7TB stolen


Save the Children

They helped fund the nursery school I attended back in 77/79 - bloody shame they've had this happen.

Arm's lawyers want to check assembly expert's book for trademark missteps


Re: Disrepute

After the IPO I would guess?

Scared of flying? Good news! Software glitches keep aircraft on the ground


"They're not saying a restart takes 4 hours are they?"

I'm sure I read that the the buffer of the system is 4 hours and they had to wait till it had cleared the route before they could start processing

UK air traffic woes caused by 'invalid flight plan data'


Re: Days of delays are their fall back.

Depends how you look at it.

Is safety your number one priority, in which case suspending flights for a time is fine.

As to the capacity to recover, well a lot of that is on the airlines. Ryanair et al. all run theior crews close to the wire on operating hours already, add in airport curfews and the decision post pandemic to favour narrow body aircraft which means more flights per hundred heads and the capacity is pretty much redlining

Microsoft wants Activision so badly, it's handing streaming rights over to ... Ubisoft?


Re: Virtue signalling

This was covered pretty well by Paul Thurrott recently - rather than look for actual consumer harm, the CMA seem to be assuming harm first and asking them to prove a negative.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's pop artifact stash now heads to a museum


No business card?

Every time I watch American Psycho I always think of "tasteful off-white coloring"

FTC boss Khan shrugs off Microsoft, Meta defeats: 'Losing two is okay'


These defeats are causing a real problem though

They lead to a diminshment of any soft power that the FTC might have, and brings in a perception that they are solely looking to stop mergers 'just because' and not out of real concern.

The ruling in the injunction case for the Activision merger specifically said that they'd had 180 days to look at evidence and hadn't found a single thing that showed illegal behaviour - that in turn gives a strong pointer that the main investigation will end up a nothingburger as well.

It really looks as though the US is pretty much going to have to rely on the EU to reign in the excesses of big tech companies, as they simply aren't able to lay a glove on them.

Threads versus Twitter: Shouldn't we be happy the wheels are falling off antisocial social media?


Holy Cow

Reading the comments here I should invest in Aluminium foil

Twitter rate-limits itself into a weekend of chaos


What counts as a read though?

Because theres a good chance just scrolling past counts towards that limit

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris


Re: Keyboard Confusion

Caught me out there too, it's Win "+" . (full stop)

Election Excel blunder declared a 'low point' for Austrian social democracy


600 votes

And someone manged to fk up =Countif (A1:A600, "Babler")

Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 just has this certain Macbook Air about it...


Agree, with caveats

It is possible to build a recovery partition with the correct drivers, odd why manufacturers don't


That would make no difference if you, as the user, blow away the entire disk when you make an arse of installing a second OS

Datacenter fire suppression system wasn't tested for years, then BOOM


Re: death trap

BBC Scotland, circa 1997, several senior managers still smoked in the office.

I routinely refused to go to calls in those rooms, and got all sorts of earache

Parts of UK booted offline as Virgin Media suffers massive broadband outage


Re: And Again

I did wonder why it went all wobbly again

Virgin Orbit lays off 85% of staff as funding deal falters


Where is the support?

The politicians were all happy to mug in front of the cameras the day before the launch, now nowehere to be seen

FTX cryptovillain Sam Bankman-Fried charged with bribing Chinese officials


Well this is awkward

It seems your bail conditions have been breached as we got a clear picture of your fathers junk while he was engaged in a furious bout of self abuse

Errors logged as 'nut loose on the keyboard' were – ahem – not a hardware problem


Re: Take aways

You also see that at Drive Through queues as well, cars get priority over people in the store.

Edinburgh Uni finds extra £8M for vendors after troubled ERP go-live


Talk about "we've got you by the balls"

That's an expensive squeeze

China sought control of submarine cables to spy, says Micronesia


Re: China is simply following the lead of the west

Winnie the Pooh's lads are putting a shift in I see

Adidas grapples with $1.3B in unsold Yeezy sneakers after breaking up with Kanye West


Bootsnotes, dullard


It might also get them into a countersuit by Kanye.

If they dispose of goods and say they were shifted at zero cost, knowing the recipient was going to sell them at a higher price, they could well be open to a claim of trying to frustrate the contract Kanye has with them.

Marketing company chases Twitter for $7,000 over 'swag gift box for Elon'


The way it's laid out is that Canary produced the 'swag bag' on Twitter's behalf. That is, they make branded merch for other companies.

Amazon mandates return to office for 300,000 corporate staff


Re: Cat ... bag ...

Kind of, the rules seem to state that you can only go back 6 years.


What's up with IT, Doc? Rabbit hole reveals cause of outage


Re: A long standing practice

Convoy tactics were shown to reduce losses even with access to the other sides codes.

Just look at Operation Drumbeat when the US entered the war, the inability to protect individual merchantment caused havoc on the US East Coast, even with forewarning of UBoat deployments in the area.

Prepare to be shocked: Employees hate this One Weird Clause


Re: Mental

Actually you can have an employee opt-out of the Working Time Directive, it's meant to be voluntarily done, but it's pretty much implied you'll opt out of you want to keep the job.

Atos and Nest part company two years into 18-year £1.5bn contract


Re: Another waste of UK tax payers money?

Or the Government/Civil Service repeatedly issue scope of works that require multiple change requests, and then complain that there are costs and complexity, instead of taking the time to properly work out their requirements?

It's both sides from what I've seen

Amazon warehouse workers 'make history' with first official UK strike


Re: 45%

"Is it a bad thing to pay 50p more than the minimum wage? Or even to pay the minimum wage?"

When the minimum wage means that people need help from the state to meet basic living costs (via UC for example) then it becomes obvious the benefits system is subsidising employers.


Re: 45%

There's also the point that 45% of a really low wage isn't actually that much when you look at the companies profits.

Given the median wage is around £640, that works out to £16 an hour over 40 hours, then they aren't even asking for the average.

New IT boss decided to 'audit everything you guys are doing wrong'. Which went wrong


name check out

That's it, that's the post

Apple accused of censoring apps in Hong Kong and Russia to maintain market access



Why bring his sexuality into it?

The same hypocracy would scan just as well if you referred to him as a man, or a person.