Tag Archives: stupidity

2023: ABRSM theory exams are impossible

For the Covid scam, music theory examinations by ABRSM switched from in-person invigilated to remote computer-invigilation. The price didn’t go down though – the tests were horrendously expensive, and the price just went up, if anything. There’s a small problem … Continue reading

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Licences are a lie

My wife and I have two cars. To drive these cars according to government rules, we need six licences: two for the cars, and two each for us (the one car is bigger). It is, however, well nigh impossible to … Continue reading

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Plugin ‘SPIDER’ registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.

I fixed a stupid error which had me stumped. Here’s the answer for posterity: I was doing this on mariadb to install the spiderdb engine, and it was not working: The .so file was present, and there’s really no reason … Continue reading

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Shoprite wishes you a very Halal Christmas

We bought a turkey for Christmas from Checkers/Shoprite. It cost a stack of cash, but you know, Christmas – all about Christ, the Son of God, come to earth to save us from our sins – good tidings of great … Continue reading

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Freeradius Module-Failure-Message = “Failed retrieving values required to evaluate condition”

One of my radius servers stopped doing its radius thing. Everything was going along swimmingly, and then it suddenly stopped at 1:00AM.  Restarts didn’t fix it. The way this server works is that the default handler receives accounting packets, writes … Continue reading

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Search-engine assisted fraud HOWTO

As many of the readers of this fine site are career criminals, it seems good to explain a new and popular procurement fraud scam.  Here’s a piccie to muddy the waters, followed by the blow-by-blow account, in which the numbers … Continue reading

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Computer insomnia

I updated my Ubuntu system installation on a laptop.  This went fine.  I installed more memory.  This went well.  But on the second day, I discovered that my laptop had insomnia.  It could not sleep.  Close the lid?  It’s still … Continue reading

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Adobe XFA forms do not work, no really, Adobe sucks

Our friendly tax collector has automated their personal inefficiencies into a relatively efficient system called SARS e-viling.  This amazing system allows you to confess your tax sins, after which they will perform their happy little calculations and tell you whether … Continue reading

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VMWare + ipfix + NAT = intermittent fail

So I put all of these things together a while ago for bandwidth reporting: VMWare‘s netflow reporting – I configured a virtual distributed switch to send netflow reporting to a collector.  Every time some machine runs up its internet usage, the … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 14.04 GPT EFI faiL

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and ran into a problem.  Starting with the default 64 bit version using pretty straightfoward settings as a new installation, I ended up with this terse message after the installation completed: Operating system not found It … Continue reading

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