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6378 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

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Testing?

Testing is for wimps.

If you need me, I'll be in the Bahamas.

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Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: Oozy 9mm ...length or width?

Both.

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Re: You obviously need that gun to compensate for your inferior masculinity.

I have an oozy 9mm...

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Re: If someone wants one bad enough

Yeah, but guns are one of the few weapons where you don't have to be up close and personal. Detachment from the act is, if not an enabler, then... well, haptic feedback. You get what I'm saying.

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Re: Hostage situations...

Can't help but think of the conversation the Feds have in the helicopter in Die Hard... Or indeed in any number of films where hostages are set up to look like captors. You just don't know who or what is in front of you.

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Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: 3D Printers

Or milk. Or milk. Or lemonade.

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Re: 'Give us money'

The good thing is that you can print a custom fume cabinet for yourself...

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Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

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Re: Most Dutch cheeses I've ever had are bloody awful and taste like a tyre

If it’s Gouda nuff for the Dutch it’s Gouda nuff for me

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Re: "must be capable of being seen and heard"

Oh, I see... So synesthesia isn't real then? I call that an unconscious bias against the differently abled.

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Re: As we say up here in Yorkshire when things don't go our way

As we say up here in Yorkshire when things don't go our way whey.

TFTFY

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'Frontline workers' of the world, unite! And grab yourselves a Surface Go White Van Man edition

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Why task yourself with worry, wondering about the inevitable?

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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Shurely...

That should be Portholes ME?

Macintoshes are also compulsory on-board gear; those mid-Atlantic storms can be real doozies.

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Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Re: This explains it

I've recently come to wonder if R2D2 got The Death Star pregnant.

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Re: This explains it

I was looking for a clip of Robocop's data spike.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: raspberry pi

But does the code base require Ruby...

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... on rails.

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Re: Ancient meme is ancient

It looks like their IT system...

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... went off the rails.

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Re: "Train Station"

Apparently, according to some announcements, the trains are calling TO "Harrow & Wealdstone", "Watford Junction", "Hemel Hempstead" etc etc.

And the one that really annoys me is on the underground...

"Please move along the platform to your left and towards the end carriages as the middle carriages is where the train is most busiest."

*grinds teeth*

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Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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"Where the one place in the world you don't want your computer to fail?"

Or, indeed, off the world.

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UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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The big question is, does it have a bigger effect on voter turnout than the size of the problem it intends to correct (minus the amount of problem remaining even WITH the measures)?

I mean, if it causes 2,300 people to not bother voting because of the extra hassles, prevents 40 of the 44 misrepresentation/impersonation votes, but allows 4 impersonations despite the measure, then it has a net dis-benefit AND costs many tens of thousands of pounds.

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Transformers: Robots... at least it tries: Watch boffins' Optimus Dime rearrange on the fly

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Video is...

8x speed. This is NOT a quick robot. Cute, though. Clusterbot.

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The only "library component" I see in that video is the kick stool.

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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Re: some of these comments get on my wick

I think there's a few people on here who like to troll the dedicated Apple users and get some perverse pleasure out of doing so. I call it Macsterbaiting.

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Missed one!

Someone was just having a clear out to get backspace.

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If they aren't too badly damaged...

they may FUNCTION again.

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Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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Re: Reminds me of something I heard a long time ago...

To be honest, Captain, I think you gave me too much time...

So how long will it really take, Laddie? Eh? You told him exactly how much time it would take to fix? How are you going to keep your reputation as a miracle worker doing that?

Montgomery Scott.

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Re: "... headless MS servers do indeed exist..."

I suppose they might be a turkey solution.

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Re: "... headless MS servers do indeed exist..."

ARRRGGGHHHHH! Are the halloween stories starting already?

Or there's the JK Rowling one, "Nearly headless 'nix server".

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Re: The country you're talking about never really existed.

You mean Nambia? That's totally real and anyone saying it isn't is just fake news.

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Re: "unique screw head types and gluing or soldering components"

I wasn't jesting! The point I was making was the precedent in miniaturisation increasing the difficulty of repair. Going from discrete transistors to integrated circuits meant that if only one gate in an 8-gate array failed, you threw away the 7 good ones in replacing the component. Now we are not quite at the point yet where the screen is photogravured onto the same wafer as the processor, the LCD driver, the power components, the CCD etc etc. but that will come before too long, and at that point the integration of functions into a single manufactured component will signal the true and pure disposable, irreparable, phone.

Oh, and do you have a link for chipped vales? They sound fascinating!

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Re: "unique screw head types and gluing or soldering components"

Indeed. At one point in time, if a "switch" in your logic unit went, you could unplug that valve and replace it. Got a bit harder when you had to unsolder the transistor and replace it... then of course you could swap out that 16-pin DIL package using a chip extractor/pin straightener/insertion tool... Then you had to invest in a SMT desoldering tool... and so on and so forth...

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Re: Midterms

It would be sweet if the crop in question was apples.

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Yer a solicitor, 'arry! Indian uni takes cues from 'Potterverse' to teach students law

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I have to admit I have a certain desire...

to bangalore student. ;-)

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Re: Let's hope they got permission from JK...

To a limited degree! And I quote from the Government website...

"Teaching:

Several exceptions allow copyright works to be used for educational purposes, such as:

the copying of works in any medium as long as the use is solely to illustrate a point, it is not done for commercial purposes, it is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement, and the use is fair dealing. This means minor uses, such as displaying a few lines of poetry on an interactive whiteboard, are permitted, but uses which would undermine sales of teaching materials are not"

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Re: Not as crazy as it sounds...

"[...]if you need to eat him [...] but you may get a pardon"

Only if you burp out loud.

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Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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One stereotype about Generation Z...

is that they won't be defined by stereotypes.

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

More of an "Anthea-crime", I think.

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Re: Door locks.

Indeed, one could fit a Yale IoshIT lock and achieve similar...

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Won't someone think of the cat?

Did he agree to look after Mrs Slocombe's pussy?

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It's reassuring...

Tidy your room, take better care of your cat, clean the bathroom after yourself, eat your greens, you're only allowed visitors your parents approve of. Or you don't get any internet.

It's reassuring that a normal upbringing really does prepare one for adult life, even one in the public limelight and at the highest echelons of international diplomacy.

Now take out those papers and that trash, or you don't get no spendi' cash. If you don't scrub that kitchen floor. You ain't gonna rock and roll no more. Just finish cleanin' up your room. Let's see that dust fly with that broom. Get all that garbage out of sight. Or you don't go out Friday night... ah.

Yakety yak (Don't talk back)

You just put on your coat and hat And walk yourself to the laundromat.

And when you finish doin' that. Bring in the dog and put out the cat

Don't you give me no dirty looks. Your father's hip; he knows what cooks

Just tell your hoodlum friend outside. You ain't got time to take a ride

Yakety yak (Don't talk back)

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Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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al-ARM, the Arabic chip maker.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

The (now-ex) SWMBO gets "Sounds of Madness" by Shinedown.

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Re: Unlike the French system of law...

It's not strictly correct. The French legal system, like the German, Dutch and other former colonies of these lands, operates a Civil Law system rather than the UK which operates under Common Law. I think the "misunderstanding" comes from a joke about the difference which goes, IIRC, "In England, practices which are not forbidden are permitted. In Germany, practices which are not permitted are forbidden, and in France, that which is forbidden is often practised."

Something like that anyway. But the idea is that under Civil Law there's a lot of prescriptive obligation in contractual law which forms an unwritten part of any contract. Under Common Law, if it's not in the contract, then it's not an obligation. The two systems have more or less converged now, but the practices associated with implementation of these two principles continue today, with Common Law countries generally operating an adversarial system where representatives of both sides argue their side before a knowledge judge who applies an existing body of law to find an outcome, whilst Civil Law countries operate an inquisitorial system, where the knowledgable judge asks the participants questions designed to elucidate their compliance with the existing body of law.

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Re: I still get wound up...

Am I the only one here who understands the definition of TRESPASS in this context to be "entering another person's land or property without permission"?

If you have permission, then you cannot be trespassing by definition. There is no condition which exists as the opposite, you can't wave to someone from the window and say "It's all right, you can trespass in the garden."

And this is why the sign annoys me. And why I'm getting wound up by this thread now! I wish I'd never shared that.

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Re: PC noises

People here tend to lock their mobiles in the metal lockers whilst working in the lab. They inevitably get a call which somehow gets through the metal of the locker (still not sure how that happens) and causes their phones to vibrate violently against the thin sheetmetal panel work, amplifying the buzz to a level akin to that of a swarm of angry spitfire-flying hornets invading a megaphone testing factory

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Re: Oh Gawd...

Rather like that MacOS app which used the network to progress a hopping bunny across the bottom of all the screens in a classroom, whilst accompanied by Boing! Boing! sounds and other annoying noises.

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Re: I still get wound up...

Whilst you are correct in saying that, you still cannot trespass with permission, civil matter or not. It's logically not possible.

"Do you have permission to trespass on this land?" See? It's one of those questions where the English "Yes/No" response is severely lacking. The Japanese have a response though, Mu!

Mind you, answering a question like that in a manner that sounds like you are pretending to be a cow is likely to get you shot.

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Re: LLAMA is your friend. (Why the thumbs down!?)

iOS provides "tap-a-vibe" custom vibration alerts.

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Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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Re: You know, when you said Amazonian...

Good call. Can we have that article, please?

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