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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Ahhh!

What are you implying, that he was off form before? I think you need to apologise!

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Re: I'm Guessing Russian Hackers

"Irony. Look it up."

Waaaaay too subtle, lack of a winky face and you went a bit Bombastic Bob on us.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Re: Oh woe is him...

"What's that, you couldn't go to the theatre because you had to be at work, doing the job you get paid to do by us, the taxpayers? Poor diddums!"

He's just as entitled to a private life as anyone else. Why do so many people think that people we elect have to be subservient to us? Fact is, he did miss going to see something he wanted to see to do the job. You're also forgetting that there's a large plethora of people paid by the tax payer to do jobs for us including the likes of doctors and nurses, would you say that to them? So what's your point really?

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Re: Glastonbury have one answer

That's a great idea but how do I buy them as a gift for someone if I need their mugshot?

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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Re: Merry Christmas

Ugh! A downvote for wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, the Grinch has stolen my Christmas now too. I'm unspeakably heartbroken.

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In this country I think people have an aversion to talking about money generally, we just hope rewards we are promised are big rather than have the awkward conversation to clarify just how big. We don't like talking about the salaries are on or sometimes believe we deserve more than we are on, even if we do we seldom do anything about it.

Everyone else thinks IT is a cushy job and we are paid a fortune for little. We all know that's not true, we also know we are the first to be screwed over financially or with our jobs as opposed to everyone else in the company.

I think the attitude towards IT and IT workers in general needs to change to be more positive and recognise the skills we have and how much the world would be in the shit (and in the dark ages) without us. That would make for the best Christmas present we could all get one year.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at The Register and all my fellow commentards. I hope you all have a great one especially anyone unlucky enough to be on call over the holiday.

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: No, it's stupid

"When was there ever an Apple door lock"

Hmm, if only we could *root* out the answer to that...

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: Poor excuse for a politician

"I suppose you think his sickening perversions should be tolerated. In my day we had ways of dealing with his kind."

Well I know how I'd deal with trolls.

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Re: Poor excuse for a politician

"Nominative determinism, gets you every time."

I dare not ask what's involved in your job then ;-)

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Re: Poor excuse for a politician

Wow, comment matches the handle...

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Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

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From personal experience, they won't be missed, one of the least helpful and incompetent banks I've ever had the misfortune of using. Other better banks are available.

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"so as I need to pay in a load of spare cash I either have to wait to I have a day off, or waste an hour of my time including travelling and processing time. Probably better to use coinstar, even if they do take 10%."

I'm happy to help out and take it off your hands if ever you need. Just let me know!

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Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

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Re: 1.5

If you'd booked your time off completely unaware of this issue as they were and then made plans, what would it take to make you change your mind? Would you reverse your decision to have holiday out of the goodness of your heart? What else can they do. The pilots that didn't book holiday aren't being asked to inconvenience themselves.

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Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

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"Easy cheap way to do what?"

Answer is in the first sentence.

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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

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Re: Imprisoned?

"After 4 days they're all expert at lock picking now"

Yes if they get imprisoned again they can take part in the great 'Ass'cape

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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

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All brilliant, until your Internet connection goes down and the diverse route backup connection isn't as diverse as you thought it was.

All we need now is AI to do the work of your company in the cloud and you can do away with employees entirely so it won't matter. Heck it could be an improvement for some!

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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"No one pays Road Tax, it's call VED"

Bit pedantic. People know what it means. I've used it interchangeably and so have others.

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"Putting it on fuel has its problems. Apart from pushing the price up and encouraging further fuel cleansing to avoid tax - you'd be amazed how people come down to my remote farm to try and steal red diesel for just that purpose. Also smuggling is easy - most foreign truckers coming to this country have extra large tanks already to avoid having to re-fuel here and any excess can often be bought from returning truckers."

I think that's always going to happen though Tom regardless. It's not something most people will do casually and so as a scheme it's less risk and likely to stop evaders. If they're avoiding paying road tax now they're going to keep doing it regardless of how it's collected.

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"And electric cars?"

Erm... They don't pay road tax anyway!

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Yes more tax on fuel but no VED that's the point. It's fair and proportionate to your actual usage. As for the "no more paper discs" comment, for insurance this is exactly what is needed to ensure less scum are driving around without it. It's also easier to get the details of the insurance company from someone you've had a bump with because it's right there. More rests on someone having insurance than someone unfairly not paying their road tax.

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Abolish road tax and put it on fuel instead. It's done elsewhere so why not here. You pay more or less according to your road usage. Simple, fair and no way of avoiding it.

Oh, and an insurance disc required to be displayed on the windscreen for good measure, to me that's more important to know that is covered.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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Forget 5G,right now it's just not needed. Spend the money on pure fibre to the premises networks and getting mobile coverage sorted. The industry is forever racing ahead of itself creating solutions for problems we don't have and neglecting the ones we do.

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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Re: Could get a nasty surprise

Fibre To The Crapper?

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: Meh...

"So support turn on the Accessibility Settings?"

To see the post it better?

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Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

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I still feel there's a massive lack of getting out and doing anything at all. With the attitude they have towards this now it's amazing that many remote villages even got phone lines put into them. Just get out there, dig up the roads, string the fibre across poles, do whatever, just do bloody something. They've taken lots of public money over years to achieve the objectives they're saying are so hard to meet and it still hasn't fixed the problem.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: "Try digging a hole for the body with a gun..."

"So yeah, the weapon does make a difference. If you disagree, please cite the number of people killed by mass rampagers with shovels in the last couple of years."

Rate of killing is not the subject here, it's whether guns kill people or whether people kill people. I didn't think Chinese whispers was possible when you can actually read what was said.

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Downvotes like I'm some gun crazed obsessive :-) I think the world would be better off without the kind of people who would happily illegally kill anyone with anything. If they haven't got a gun they will find something else to do the job. Hence it's not the gun that kills people.

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@LDS

I can still kill you with a shovel, does it matter how long it takes? So what's your point really?

It really is people who kill people, it doesn't matter what they use to do it.

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"Presumably you're one of those "guns don't kill people" people."

If I smacked you over the head with a shovel and killed you should we ban shovels?

(I picked shovel as I've just started playing Battlefield One (yes I know it's been out ages). It could be any choice of implement of course).

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Pretty simple really. Manufacturers of autonomous vehicles should set up and pay into a shared ownership company responsible for the tickets their cars get.

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Re: I thought my opinion of MPs could go no lower

"ancient sci-fi comedies"

Has everyone including El Reg completely missed the fact there's a brand new series of Red Dwarf currently airing on Dave?

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Google AMP supremo whinges at being called out on team's bulls***

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AMP is shit. Kill it with fire!

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

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"I've compressed big log files"

A.K.A a techie description of constipation?

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UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

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I think he's Lion

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Re: Soylent Green

Rather I think they did. Remember their audience. Unless you think their product is actually people? :-)

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MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

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1. I did point out that the same funding was sadly not given to everyone and it should be.

2. Finding someone whether they are dead or alive is still a worthwhile endeavour *in my opinion* whether it's one or hundreds hence my parallel with a missing child, it was just an example. I've never lost someone close to me like that, have you? But I can damn well empathise with it. Until you have experienced that loss it's quite easy to talk in terms of return on investment, these are human lives we are talking about and if it was a member of your close family I doubt money would come into it or are you actually saying you could be that pragmatic?

3. I expressed no opinion on the Madeline case at all other than what happened. I happen to agree with what you've said about her parents but it's got nothing to do with finding her and it wasn't her fault! I don't care what they've spent trying to find her as was my point. I'm not quite sure what was meant to be bullshit about my own opinion.

Jeez, if you're going to criticise at least read what I've put and think about it a bit.

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As far as I'm concerned any cost is acceptable where human lives are concerned. I don't know if you're aware of the Madeline McCann case (a young British girl who went missing/was kidnapped at a holiday hotel) they are continuing to fund that search years after she went missing and only the cold hearted would deny the money to do that for her or anyone else unless every possible avenue was exhausted, although unfortunately not everyone gets that level of assistance which is wrong.

Governments find money for things when they need it and this should be no exception. It's called compassion and if any organisation can spend money on mercy missions it is a Government.

As it happens this company are offering no find no fee which is a shame couldn't have been happening sooner. I suspect as someone else pointed out above that the company are gaining deep sea intelligence for someone else at the same time but so what, it's clever practical thinking and it means we don't just give up and relatives may well get some answers.

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“Ocean Infinity will focus on searching the seafloor in an area that has previously been identified by experts as the next most likely location to find MH370.”

Experts whose credibility surely start degrading the more 'likely' locations they suggest. Am I an expert if I say "try there, oh nothing there? OK try over there instead it's bound to be there, nothing, hmm, really had a good feeling about that one".

I hope these guys do find it, the families need and deserve answers to this as does the world. We can't just have planes inexplicably disappear somewhere never to be heard of again.

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Crappy upload speeds a thing of the past in fresh broadband 'net spec

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Re: Data Caps?

Buy magazines or DVD's of it instead?

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

"Maybe people should just relax a little and realise they still have two months to book their tickets..."

Precisely, it's not like it's a one off event or something. Why would a cinema spend a packet and wipe out what profit they might have from this film spending money on increasing capacity for their booking system,when all it takes is for people to chill and wait for a bit.

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BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

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"Are there a few digits misplaced in the above figures?"

I would hope so, although sadly I imagine they are correct. Even if there were an error clearly monetary punishment isn't the answer.

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Fantastic job folks, the fines really seem to be doing the trick!

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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

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Key word here is *attempting*, they caught him and we certainly know of others they have too. So I don't think they're actually having any trouble in the protection or deterrence department.

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Amazingly enough I'm trying to get into my UKReg account to take my domains away from them and I can't get in. Supposedly bad password, so I reset it. Still bad username or password. I smell a rat!

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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I hope he makes it, the future is built on the dreams that men like him have.

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Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline

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Re: The problem?

"DNS is hierarchical in nature, and we don't know how far up the tree the rot has settled."

And you'd hope they'd quickly identify and fix it. Sometimes it takes things to break completely before someone does something about creaky infrastructure, in fact that's how a lot of companies work with their IT budget!

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Re: Now that we're in this area...

Must be awkward with the rest of it stuck outside?

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Mom, mom! Make China stopppp! US govt gripes about Beijing's internet censorship to WTO

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Re: Why thw silly headline?

Well it's something like this: Two siblings are arguing and one isn't going to listen to the other let alone do anything they say, so the aggrieved sibling goes to an authority, let's say Mom, to try and make their sibling do what they want. Of course, Mom isn't going to do a damn thing and tells them both to bugger off and play nicely together cos she's busy watching her stories. Not that she'd have much chance either but that's a different matter.

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