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* Posts by Mycho

2585 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: UC is fundamentally a good idea

The government won't fix it, because it was a coalition policy and they no longer have to suck up to the Lib Dems.

Here is a good plain English (or rather Scottish) summary of the good principles and bad implementation of UC coming from the SNP's Mhairi Black. It's well worth a listen.

In other words, the tories never liked UC and would quite like it killed stone dead. It's a coalition compromise that they've failed to completely butcher yet.

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Get it in place, have an election, let the next guys fix it. Business as usual.

There is cross-party support for Universal Credit, just not for the cack-handed way it's being implemented.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Dishwasher

That is worth a try.

If I get a spare mouse out of it I'll report back.

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Speaking of which,

Anybody got any hot tips on how to clean mousewheels?

They seem to be manufactured to be as unserviceable as possible in most models.

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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This will, of course, mean that to work on a Hollywood movie you need to sign over the rights to use your image for digitally reconstructed stuff later.

Which means Harvey Weinstein would still have had the ability to legally make porn of any actress who worked for him.

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Re: Bullshit

I can see this being a legal minefield. Who did Freddie Mercury leave the rights to his image to? He's the one who's been using tech to perform post-mortem on a regular basis.

Still, lawyers might as well do something for their paycheques.

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John McAfee plans 2020 presidential tilt

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Re: Re Trumptards

You need to work on your definition of a reasoned argument.

In the meantime, if you want to avoid 4 more years of Trump please stop what you're doing. Just stay away from politics and let more seasoned campaigners take it from here. You've already literally told anti-trumpers to give up and that's wrong.

Assuming you don't like Trump that is. I've not written off that you are on his payroll.

Either way, just stop, you're making it harder to stop him getting 4 more years.

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Re: Re Trumptards

No, do hold back.

In this day and age all a shit politician needs to win is for the sound arguments against them to be smothered by hate fuelled and fact sparse diatribes like the one above. Every time you make that kind of post you are hiding a reasoned anti-Trump argument.

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Re: Re Trumptards

Please stop shilling for Trump.

Think they're idiots all you want, but try to make them vote the right way. Or do you think Trump is the right way, hmm?

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Re: Come back Donald

This is the moment you stop thinking of Trump as 100% negative.

Time will tell where this train of logic ends up taking you.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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I thought a pizza crunch had to have batter?

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Re: "explain rustlers microwave burgers?"

For the record, if you do find yourself having to eat rustlers burgers, the thing to always remember is to replace the sauce with something that tastes like food.

Garlic and mushroom sauce can rescue anything.

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Re: "explain rustlers microwave burgers?"

I eat them sometimes.

Then again I'll eat anything as I think my previous posts on here have probably shown. Soy burgers to Crocodile burgers to post pub yorkshire pudding pizza honourable mentions.

In my defence, at least 10 years of my life I've been a student.

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Re: Belgium

Looking at those statistics I have to congratulate the Australians on their epic troll.

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Re: But I like...

My fritzbox uses a different IP on the home network to the one on the internet.

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Roll on IPv8, which works alongside IPv4 and IPv6 seamlessly.

I can dream. Seriously, though, who thought this kind of network breaking upgrade was a good idea?

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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"We love developers"

You'll never love developers the way that Steve did.

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Re: poll choices poor

I voted for Disney because I figured they'd be less evil and more generally incapable of keeping github functioning as a site.

I'd rather it was dead than borged.

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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A proper copper would've defused the situation.

Sounds like he did.

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I got confused in a hospital once and pressed the medical emergency button by mistake, but I cancelled it before anything happenned because it didn't do what I expected. All I got was a 'what happenned?' and I lied about knocking something against it.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Disagree completely.

It needs to be weighed against the risk of depriving the area of sufficient lighting. Sometimes you have to ram it into a ditch instead.

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Sure, but the cones mean what happens when the fire engine tries to leave is their own fault.

Spoiler: A fire engine that wants to push a fancy fucking bmw out of the way can do so. Ramming it into a nearby lamp post is entirely optional.

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Re: Hazard creation

At my last job I took H&S duties for the hundred quid a year bonus. My favourite was when someone had left a plastic wet floor sign at the foot of a staircase and it had folded up, meaning coming from upstairs you couldn't see it until you were standing on it and hope like hell it didn't slip under you.

Needless to say that one got written up in great detail.

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Re: One evening about ten year ago...

I dunno, I wouldn't put it past some prats to think it's okay to box in a fire engine if those cones aren't out.

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Weather.com asked me to choose what it could do with my data (3 checkboxes I think) and then spent 5 minutes with a progress meter slowly counting up to 100%.

Felt like dealing with a sulky nine year old.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Disclaimer: IANAYOAL

This is the general idea behind "Felony Murder" as I understand it, you commit an applicable crime and someone dies as a result of that crime = murder.

Why that doesn't apply to these events I don't know.

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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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Re: So we're back to worship...

I think there may have been a divine revelation involved.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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Re: What the hell is this doing on an IT site???

Quite so, the register is now an IT and footwear site.

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LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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Re: White, cisgender, European man with a question

Clarify for me, are you actually saying that if men are disadvantaged by living shorter lives than women then men should be prioritised for life-extending treatments over women? Because that's what it sounds like and I doubt you actually believe that. Improved healthcare ought to be available for all.

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Re: White, cisgender, European man with a question

If somebody found a way to make heart disease more survivable and only gave it to men because it lengthens lifespan by an average of five year so that makes people equal, I'd say that was unfair.

To each according to their needs, not according to the needs of other people who have arbitrary traits in common with them.

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Re: White, cisgender, European man with a question

We should probably call a stop to this privilege-patching before someone suggests women need their lifespans shortened to bring them in line with men.

If everybody were equal the world would be so boring. I can't imagine everybody being as bad at dancing as I am.

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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

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Here's the question

Are they planning to give this data to a big data company, or to keep it in-house and get a specialist company to provide the technology for the NHS to do this process entirely within the NHS without anyone outside the NHS ever seeing so much as a single digit of patient data?

There are plenty of companies who can provide the tech and the hardware for this to be done in this way. Omina Technologies being just the first one to spring to mind, there's probably someone in the UK even who could do it. Unfortunately they'll likely be in Cambridge which will give them bad press but as long as they never handle the data and the NHS keeps the drives at the end no harm.

My gut feeling is that the NHS isn't going to do this because it would be a good choice. Can someone please prove me wrong?

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TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email

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Carrier pigeon, it'll be faster.

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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Re: What is he actually guilty of?

Better than the Guardian link

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Real fake scam offers crypto-coin to replace frequent flier points

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In other cryptocurrency news

Be sure to report the Intimate cryptocurrency. Designed for ... things the UK plans to crack down on.

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US Congress finally emits all 3,000 Russian 'troll' Facebook ads. Let's take a look at some

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Re: I fail to understand

You do realise that 'antifa' is alt-rightspeak for ant-fascist? And that the alternative to 'antifa' is 'profa'.

Literally the only thing you can defend about Antifa is that you think they have a nice name.

By that logic anyone who doesn't support Scientology is a science denier.

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Re: Purpose

More significantly, we know that Cambridge Analytica almost certainly had an agent on Clinton's team, since that's something they boasted about doing in other situations. Who's to say they didn't nudge her toward promoting Trump?

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You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

And as usual people pay attention to the newspaper-worthy murders and ignore the raft of child deaths from playing at home. Children are actually safer outdoors than kept at home, as well as healthier. Lots of knives in most houses, not to mention kitchens that haven't been disinfected since the last time pork was handled in there.

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

If I go into my local newsagent on Saturday to purchase my porn pass and it is staffed by the local school kids, are they allowed to serve me?

No, same as they can't sell you tobacco. Age limited products must be sold by and to someone of sufficient age.

This is why sometimes if you buy booze in the supermarket the checkout assistant will call out to the next till, hold up the bottle and wait for a nod. That's the clue that you're being served by someone under 18. The over-18 staff member on the next till has to authorise the sale.

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Re: Probably mentioned already but

The shop bought token is from a company named AV Secure and doesn't require ID if you're obviously an old fogey. Same rules as vodka. The measure to inhibit you giving the token to a kid is that the law considers that to be child abuse or something similar, so you wouldn't dare.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Especially when going swimming.

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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I guess Spotify is going instrumental.

Dunno about that, I think the artist's behaviour thing might well result in Beethoven getting cut.

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Re: Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

Let's not forget Mr Blobby. In fact I'm at a loss to think of a band who wouldn't be affected by this.

I think we're going for a re-run of John Denver becoming the poster boy of banned music after people assumed his hiking song was about drugz,

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Re: Never care

You wouldn't tell a joke, would you?

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GNU’s name, a bit of wordplay, fine. Really contentious topics, not fine.

Here's the thing, if you're triggered by animal abuse then I strongly advise not looking up the origin of the name GNU. If you're not then you can find it here.

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Re: Wait, what?

GNU is literally named as two jokes in one.

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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Re: And a jail bird sir

And in possession of an offensive wife.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Given...

Given that I used to own the cassette of the soundtrack of the trailer of the film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I'd say that they're staying true to their principles.

You can google that by the way, that's what it was called.

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

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Re: But Sir Clive is dead

I think that was the other Clive Sinclair. The author, not the inventor.

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