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3147 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

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Re: What are ICANN smoking?

Smacks of total irrational desperation

Or, more accurately, that ICANN expect the EU courts to kowtow to mysterious brown envelopes stuffed with dollars just like the US courts did.

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

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Re: good times...

also one or two stray cat hairs in the sensor hole (or substitute as necessary), also renders an optical mouse non functional

Hmm.. I've never been subject to that - and my house has more than it's fair share of cat hair (we have cat hair in every shade, available to blend in with every style of clothing).

I just hope that whoever has our about-to-be-traded-in car isn't violently allergic to cats. There's probably a whole cats-worth of hair inextricably woven into the fabric seats..

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Re: superglue the ring shut

Dude, that's a tad harsh.

Not if you went to the school that I did..

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Re: Sun optical mice, circa 1985

HP provided with their Unix workstations

I only worked very briefly with HPUx and that was too long. Although, the prize for "the worst variant of unix" that I've ever used goes to AIX.

AIX is the result of an S/370 mating with a Unix box and the child inheriting all the flaws of the parents but none of the virtues.

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Re: Sun optical mice, circa 1985

How many here remember the optical mice on early '80s Sun worksations?

Yup. I think I probably have a few in the garage still...

(I got given[1] a load of old Sun Sparcstation & Sun 1 stuff that the office I worked for at the time was throwing out. I've junked some but I think there's still a box of stuff in the garage..)

[1] My car got between the back door and the skip and the boot was conveniently open. I also got a small fireproof tape safe[2] at the same time on the basis that "it was missing the key and it's special type that you can't get hold of". Well, not unless you were friends with a locksmith..

[2] It's small but very, very heavy. Took 3 of us to carry it out to the car. Since our house isn't sat on a concrete raft, recovering it from the underfloor void after the floor burns out will be fun..

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Re: Purchasing tractor parts last week.

every single one was indeed a complet pile o' shite

You forgot a couple of words: insecure, badly-written, confusing, fragile..

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

Keyboards these days are pretty cheap, and you're paid how much per hour?

Which was precisely my arguement with a well-paid site manager who insisted on making their own network cables.

Plus, the shop-bought ones tend to work reliably.

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

doped with Silver Nitrate to keep the livestock under control. I have no idea if it has any genuine effect in this use case though

Well - silver compounds do have an anti-bacterial action so it might. But I suspect that the bacterial load would soon overcome the action sooner or later.

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

then a quick trip through the dishwasher can work wonders

Or even a couple of minutes in the shower - anything that can dissolve the sticky gunk.

Followed by drying off in the airing cupboard (or other warm place)

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

Beer, because thankfully brewing works in spite of us filthy humans.

It even works if you don't add yeast - lots of wild yeasts in the air y'know..

(An old recipe for Elderflower Champagne^W sparkling wine doesn't use added yeast - there's enough on the flowers and in the air to do the job - results can be somewhat... inconsistent though.)

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

Alcohol any one?

Don't mind if I do. A bottle of Springbank 15-year old single malt should do it.

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

I refer to mine as a dead rat.

I can offer you a variety of those - what state of decomposition do you require?

(It's the annual "rats trying to move into the garden" season. Not a career-enhancing move when said garden is home to 7 cats - at least 3 of which hunted for a living before adopting us.. And Senior Cat really, really doesn't like rats..)

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: Lies, lies and statistics

Microsoft "customer" support is mostly pointless to them anyway.

Like in the old joke - Microsoft support exists to tell the customer something that they already know[1] and to charge them for the experience..

[1] "Your install of Windows is broken"

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Re: In the time it takes to update win-10-nic...

Wonder what happened to it.

Accountants and MBAs.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: RAF

Army lets sergeants fly drones

Sergants are officers too - the main difference is that they work for a living..

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Re: I have a guess! - I'm going to say "Flying". Until it wasn't, of course.

Apparently this drone did not miss

Quick - sell the secrets to the Yanks! Their drones/pilots/tanks regularly miss - unless there's a British flag on the APC..

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Re: what are they doing?

Or "accidentally" kill a sheep, and then cook it up, as soldier have done since time immemorial.

"Sorry sarge, it got in my sights just as I was firing.." (never mind that only blanks were issued and bullets don't generally leave a nice clean slash across the throat..)

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Re: is there a pattern?

Weather, red dragons, software, hardware or wetwear*?

Yes.

(And wetware too..)

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Re: Continually Flying over Wales

Lumps and sheep.

Or, as we used to call them "land lice".

Cos that's what they look like from above.

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Re: Thinking outside the box here...

operate them in an actual war zone (as opposed to Wales)

What - Cardiff?

At least, parts of it look like it's already been hit by large amounts of ordanance..

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Re: Signage

I would suggest that a part of that facelift would be the words

LAND HERE

painted in large friendly letters on the tarmac.

In English *and* Welsh. Assuming that they don't use Google Translate to do it - in which case the Welsh version would probably end up meaning "This is land"..

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Re: 'Main' base?

near Salisbury Plain, although they did a lot of training in Ascension Island on the grounds if something went wrong you'd be really unlucky to hit anything

Same applies to Salisbury Plain - apart from a bunch of old rocks that someone carelessly left in a field..

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Re: Thales

decimate was to kill 1 in 10

And we all know a song about that:

"I am the one in 10, a number on-a-leee"

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Re: Thales

Thales will replace the ones they crashed free of charge.

* "sure they won't"

Of course they will. Just as soon as the Government pays out the termination fee for the dead ones - a sum that just happens to match the cost of delivering a new one..

I could do this stuff for a living - or at least I could if I got rid of my morals and ethics..

(And who wouldn't want to get rid of Ethics - apart from Bluewater of course)

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Re: Savings

huge future fleet of Eyes in the Sky

<Song>

I am the eye in the sky, looking at you

I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules, dealing with fools

I can cheat you blind

</Song>

Somehow, seems appropriate.

[Wanders off searching for that Cask of Amontillado at the Fall of the House of Usher]

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Re: Savings

cast MoD Abbey Wood into some other dimension of time and space

Too late - it's already well established in it's own unreality zone.

Sadly, it also intersects with our reality on a regular basis - mostly to hoover up some more cash.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: Malicious Actors..

I didn't know the cast of Hollyoaks

For a moment I imagined that you might have implied a shred of acting talent in that cast. Then I realised that it was a joke..

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Re: There was something the Chinese didn't know already?

Inter-service "rivalry" prevents the Army and Marines from taking it over

But don't both of those have air arms? I know that the Marines used to..

"No General - that isn't an A-10. Honest. It's a just a modified crop-sprayer that we've repurposed as a surveilance aircraft. That big tube sticking out the front? That's a camera - go on, take a look down the barrel^w tube..

No, we honestly don't know why it went off. Must be a contact fault on the trigger. And we have plenty more generals where that one came from.."

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Re: There was something the Chinese didn't know already?

so you don't have to fit cats.

Eh? What? Oh - not the feline overlords..

<Goes back to sleep^W work>

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Re: Counter-terrorism police?

So this is The Sun and The Register sexing up a story.

Surely not! Not *this* wretched hive of scum and villany?

I'd believe anything of The Stun though.

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Our future is India!

Sunny uplands await, the UK could become the India of Europe

Just without the weather..

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Re: Its the Will of the People!!

where people rather study media studies or history instead of engineering or computer science

History is a valid subject to study - as the old saying goes "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it". And not everyone (even in IT) has the aptitude or ability to do engineering or computer science..

I agree about meeja studies though. It's a worthless[1] piece of paper that just proves that you managed to get through 3 years of university without dying or getting kicked out..

[1] And very expensive - £30k in debt for a degree that has a high rate of unemployment by graduates?

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Today's story...

it was a user who found it and not an in-house tester

"Well - it worked on my machine.."

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: "vegan fish"

A vegan once fed their cat on a vegan diet. Poor thing almost died

Hardly surprising - cats are pure carnivores. Amongst other things, they don't have the ability to create taurine (since their usual prey contains large amounts, this isn't usually a problem).

So, unless the vegan food contained all the nutrients that they need (unlikely, unless it's specifically formulated for cats) then they will quite quickly start to die of taurine deficiency.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurine

("Taurine is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina, and the central nervous system". Fine for us (and dogs, and pigs - omnivores in general) because our bodies can synthesise it. Not so much for cats.)

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Move somewhere sensible and stop being a parasite.

There's a pretty good case to be made here that the ad industry is the parasite here..

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Re: Too little, too late for advertisers

outsourced their advertising on the new medium to "specialist" agencies - without realising the brand name damage that would result

Much like the current mania for having major public sites like the BBC hosting their user-facing social stuff on sewers like Facebook. Are they really happy with the reputational damamge that will inevitably be caused when the rancid droppings infesting Facebook get publically outed?

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Re: +1

"I don't belong here", said old Tessa out loud.

"Easy, love, there's the Safe Way Home."

- thankful for her Fine Fair discount, Tess Co-operates

Still alone in o-hell-o

- see the deadly nightshade grow

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Re: +1

Genesis back when they played good music.

[Controversial Mode]

They played some good music right up until the end. *Different* good music, but still good..

(Currently playing: Yes - Heart of the Sunrise. 90% of my playlist is prog of one sort or another[1] and the rest is people like Paul Weller, Sting[2], Linton Kwesi Johnson etc etc. And some folk music. And Jazz)

[1] Symphonic Prog and Neo-prog tend to dominate. Prog-metal also present in quantity. Scandanavian Prog has a good showing.

[2] His recent album with Shaggy is surprisingly good, with one one stinker..

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BT announces Gavin Patterson to become ex-CEO

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Re: Something is wrong.

pink unicorns farting rainbow money actually do exist

But I want royal-blue unicorns! Make it happen immediately!

So what if it costs £200m? My needs are paramount..

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Is it just me..

.. that doesn't measure an OS's capibility, security, utility and usability in terms of it having added some extra emojis?

I'd rather they concentrated on trivia like security. Or stability. Or useful[1] functionality..

[1] No, I don't mean in terms of being able to have dynamic, battery-sapping animatronics and AR. You know, trivia like being able to control who/what has access to your data..

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Re: I don't get it

When we shoot the last Pander?

Andy Pandy was last seen heading into hiding at high speed. Just in case..

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Re: inclusion and diversity

Won't somebody think of the chickens, they've crossed many roads for us.

Just don't ask them to explain why. No, really, just don't.

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Re: More inclusive?

but I don't believe eggs have any place in salad

I refer the honourable commentard to Salade Nicoise.. Which has, as one of the requred ingredients, hard-boiled eggs..

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Re: In the days of pen and paper, initials were double edged too ........

usually took hairdryer and freezer spray

That's *some* hairstyle!

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Re: "Don't talk to the ATM..."

FEED ME A STRAY CAT

Oi! Leave those stray cats alone - or send them my way. After all, to scale up from 7 cats to 8 is only a small incremental change..

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Re: Staff don’t care about access to the computers

This was in the days when memory chips were very expensive....

Late 90's, we had a small but significant number of expensive RAM clips go missing - from a locked cupboard in our stores.

We had our suspicions as to where they were going and so arranged to get them smartwater-marked.

Sure enough, the next weekend some more went missing. The police got involved and visited the home of the two contractors involved and, sure enough, a number of smartwater-tagged RAM sticks were found. Said contractors were very good at wangling weekend overtime and had unquestioned access to all parts of the building.

What's sad was that, even though the RAM sticks were expensive, they were a pittance compared to what the two guys in question were already earning. And so, for a pittance, they threw away a lucrative contract and, since they gained a criminal record, any likelyhood of getting another one.

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Re: Hi Vis...

... especially effective if a suit and tie is visible underneath

And you have a clipboard with some official-looking papers.

And a battered hard-case with tools in.

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Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

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Re: Running around like chickens?

Never works, things just get clucked up.

Eggzactly. Especially as Comcast management are only out to feather their own nests..

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Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

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The first Hayabusa might have had a lot of failures

Mainly due to riders falling off because they didn't realise how fast it could accelerate..

Oh - not the motorbike?

As you were..

(And they were copper-coloured too. With somewhat 'individualistic' styling. But no-one cared because they were fast with a capital F (and brown-trouser moment..))

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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"Terrorism", the catch-all excuse for everything these days, is there nothing it can't justify?

Brexit? Boris Johnson?

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