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3440 posts • joined 6 Oct 2015

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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It's like being at the world's crappest harp concert.

I always thought that the various beeps and boops of the checkouts at my local supermarket would make a good intro for a Prog song..

"Checkout in 11/15 time"..

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Re: Dabbsy hasn't heard of Little Big?

intro to Ministry's "New World Order". It is a most excellent track

Mine used to be "Rumble fish twist" by The Flower Kings - partly on the basis that I could be sure that no-one else in my hearing would *ever* be using it.

It's also has a pretty abrupt non-musical start.

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Re: Little Big is so cool...

And HR rules that prevent me bringing a sledgehammer into the office

How about a bucket? Semi-filled with water and judicously placed so that an 'accidental' swipe will drop said mobile into the bucket..

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Re: other people's raucous ringtones foul the air continuously

Thank you so much for spoiling my lunch with your insane drivel.

There are times when I think that the use of a focussed-EMP device should not only be legal, but also mandated.

The aforementioned scenario is one as is yoofs turning their cars into semi-mobile boomboxes.

Oh - and also those people who insist on noise-polluting the local park with their competing audio drivel.

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Re: LLAMA is your friend.

Maybe one day we'll have custom vibrations?

Most of the LineageOS-derived ROMs allow this..

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

However, I found it utterly cringeworthy that he had the theme from The IT Crowd as his ringtone.

Indeed. However, *my* ringtones[1] are masterpieces of contempory[2] art..

[1] Personal SIM - "Black Diamond" by Stratovarius. Work SIM: "Bitch Dub" by Linton Kwezi Johnston

[2] Assuming that "contemporary" is floating between the mid-80's and the late 90's..

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

how much of the total energy budget for a Mac goes to just the CPU of the total

Judging by my MacBook Pro, not much. Biggest energy use (by far) is the display, followed by wifi/bluetooth et. al.

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: "Don't government contracts have some sort of get-out clause"

likely as my cat marrying next doors Rottweiler

My previous two half Rotties loved their cats.. and defended them against the neighbours young male cat.

As does our current (JR/Staffie/Corgi/something something) mutt - despite being a 12-year old rescue when we got him.

Cats and dogs really do mix as long as they are integrated properly.

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Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

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Re: I wonder ...

If the BOFH in this case was not a Trump Republican

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence..

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Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

And then last night on PMQs I saw some mindless cretin

Similar to the entitled cretin of a Tory MP that said "they should just get on with it without any delay" (when talking about Brexit).

Does he not understand that these things are not simple? There isn't a magic wand that can be waved to make all the old treaty obligations to go away and there certainly isn't one to make new trade deals happen..

One is used to MPs being morons, but he took it to a new low.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: Bizarre

In other news, Macs are now Intel

..for the moment.

I'm sure it won't be long before they run on in-house ARM designs. Why pay Intel for something that the Apple Cortex chips can do?

Think of the price reduction^W^W BOM profit!

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Steak and Kidney puddings

get a steak and kidney pudding fix.

It seems completely unknown elsewhere in the country

Unless you have a supermarket nearby. Or can cook..

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The ink's not dry on California'a new net neutrality law and the US govt is already suing

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Re: Why companies can regulate interstate commerce, and States cannot?

Hypocrisy takes many forms

@BB - I won't argue with your expertise on that subject..

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Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England

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"passed to Historic England"

.. isn't quite how it happened.

Historic England and English Heritage used to be the same organisation - English Heritage ratained the name and became a charity[1] focussed on management of the various sites that they have in trust for the nation.

Historic England was the rest of what used to be English Heritage - all the statutary parts and the bits that do Government work (advice on Listing et. al.).

[1] Government budget cycles really don't work with conservation work - sometimes budget would be allocated to work that, for some reason or other, couldn't be done that budget cycle. In becoming a charity, EH is freed from that budget cycle and can manage the budgets in a manner more appropriate for conservation of the buildings that they manage. Historic England remains a government organisation, reporting to DCMS.

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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It's disfunctional and heavily undemocratic

Like Westminster you mean? One house utterly unelected but rather selected from amongst the cronies of the present government and the other filled with people who are commanded not to vote how their voters wish but rather along pre-determined party lines?

Very little about our current system is terribly democratic (probably becuase it doesn't work terribly well with large groups of people - even the ancient Greek Democracies didn't work terribly well and they were only small groups of citizens.)

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Re: Once UK rejoins the EU in few years

What makes you think we'll let you back in?

Our cute and winning personalities?

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Re: Non-binding it may be, but we're still doomed.

remoaners

What is it with the cretins continually using this word? Don't they have any original, creative insults to use?

Or are they, as their attitude would seem to suggest, stuck as eternal 10-year-olds who have just read about the British Empire for the first time?

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YOU LOST. LOSERS. GET OVER IT

Why does every brexiteer seem to say this all the time? Are they feeling inadequate?

PS: The last time someone said that to me IRL was when I was about 10 and had just come second in an 800m race. I would have hoped that those who have reached voting age might have grown up a bit more than a 10 year-old but it looks like disappointment springs eternal..

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: DnD?

I am, unfortunately, old enough that my first thought was of a certain role-playing game with funny dice

Nowt wrong with ADnD. Apart from the riduculous racially-limited class system. And the many inconsistencies. And the overt sexism..

(But hey - I was a student then and spent far more time playing ADnD and CoC than actually studying..)

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Re: The Meaning of Stob

climbing a Dollis Hill

Amusingly, there was a Dollis Hill council estate in the London Borough of Barnet (where I was dragged up).

Not a place you wanted to go on your own. Or even in a small squad with major weaponry.

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Re: "you were seriously stuck up a gum tree"

By 1988, Usenet was quite a useful tool

It still is (for a very limited definition of "useful")..

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Microsoft Azure gains Availability Zones and Immutable Blobs

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"bean-counters will be delighted to learn that there is no additional charge"

I think there's a missing "yet" on the end of that phrase..

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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Re: Tariff recursion

This trade war idiocy just doens't stack up

No-one ever accused Trump of being a rational, sensible being..

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Re: In trade

whole opium for tea affair. That didn't go very well for them

To be fair, they did have a point - there was so much silver flowing out of the country (the Europeans wanted silver for their opium - by that point the British were already growing enough tea in the various bits of Empire that they didn't really need Chinese tea) that the Chinese currency was crashing (their currency was based on the silver tael and there wasn't enough silver left to make the standard coin so they had to debase the coinage..).

And the various European powers were forcing the Chinese government to allow people to buy the opium, despite the fact that it was illegal to do so in China.

So - not so much of a trade war as a "you will buy our poison that's killing your population" war.

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Re: In trade

legitimately via license, they pirate

Much like the US then..

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Re: Have you forgotten how to count?!

and under the gaze of 'tallymen/women'

All doubtless fuelled by copious free banannas..

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Re: Scanning?

In Canada (generally), the staff manually sort the ballots, and then count them

Likewise in most civilised countries. And in the UK :-)

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US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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Trousers with storage in them, what a great idea!

And given how tight breeches usually are (jodhpurs are a modified form of breeches) I'd really, really not want to see yer average American in them..

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Re: Why is there even another "unclassified" State Department email system?

It was Mrs. Clinton who set it all up...

Just when I was thinking that an element of sanity and reality was starting to seep into Bob's world he goes and posts something like this.

Oh - and if he's going to try to claim that "it was all a joke" - well, jokes have to have an elemnt of truth or cleverness to be funny..

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'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud

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Re: Another WD nightmare

You might consider NextCloud. Mine is open to the world but securing IT stuff is my day job

Ditto (to both). Add in Lets Encrypt and some fairly tight firewall rules for added oomph.

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Re: Firewall

This is exactly why my non-WD NAS sits behind a firewall

Likewise. And it's also why I use FreeNAS..

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Re: How does this differ from any Product as a service?

We don't buy music any more

Au contraire - I buy a fair amount (on CD) from a fine online Prog music store..

(progrock.co.uk - I'm not affiliated with them but I do know the owner.. And more prople listening to Prog is a Good Thing(TM))

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Re: Let them pay

I have never had to have any white goods replaced, or repaired in the eight years I've lived in my house

Ditto for the 21 years at our current house. We did have to replace the fridge and freezer when we moved in (new fitted kitchen didn't have space for the single fridge/freezer unit we had so had to get separates. We bought cheapo Beko units and they still work, 21 years later..

The cooker unit did go bang though - literally. The cooking element self-disassembled in a fairly dramatic fashion whcih meant a replacement. But I exclude that one since it was a black cooker, replaced by another black cooker :-)

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Re: Can someone please remind of the upsides of a mobile contract...

as opposed to buying a phone outright

Lower initial outlet. There are quite a few people that want the latest SHINY SHINY but don't have the £800-£1500 at hand to buy it outright[1].

So they go for a HP-type deal.

[1] Of course, there is an arguement that they should save for such purchases but that's not going to happen either..

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

Given that women

* Get sick more often

* Take more leave days overall

Not in my household - my wife has (in 30+ years of work) taken only about 10 days sick. Me? I do about that in a month..

(I also get more leave days than her..)

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Re: (m/f) in job ads

I expect the same applies to most European languages

One of the few examples of sanity in English - we got rid of (most of) the gendered nouns.. (and have available the perfectly adequate "their" as an ungendered possessive - you rreally, really don't have to put "his/her"..)

Sadly, we also appear to be losing the ability to conjugate past tenses - one website I was reading this morning (a US website) kept using "binded" instead of the perfectly adequate "bound".

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: TL;DR

not least among the most extreme Brexiteers in the government - casts a long shadow over the proceedings

They probably don't care about the economic consequences - all the Brexiteer polititians are well-off and thouroughly insulated from any consequences of their decisions..

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Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs

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If SkyNet is born in facebook's systems, then either it will delete itself or kill us all out of compassion.

It won't be from compassion, but more from boredom and malice.

I have no mouth and yet I must scream.

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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I think that voting leave will be worth any economic cost

In other words, you are a sociopath who disreegrds other people pain..

Good advert for the leave community.

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UK.gov tells companies to draft contracts for data flows just in case they screw up Brexit

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Re: Transfer

the EU can legally declare war

Yeah - but who would they send? The Germans have even less of an army and navy than we do, the Italians ditto and the French love us to peices..

And have done for a thousand years.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Re: Nothing Really New

some security training way back in the late Dark Ages

"Never trust the East Saxons - after all, they'll turn into Essex"..

Stuff like that?

(Of course, living as I do in the land of the West Saxons, I might be slightly biased.)

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$300,000,000,000 worth of American intellectual property and business intelligence are stolen yearly

Makes you wonder about the cumulative historical value of all the IP and, in some cases, actual machinery that the US stole from the British back in the 1800's..

Hypocracy? Can you spell it? 'Cos I (probably) can't..

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Re: Off topic...

typical yeasty ne'er do well

Hmmm.. yeasty ne'er do well. Time for some scrumpy methinks!

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: Perhaps instead

Rudd spending her time usefully. The mind boggles.

I could think of lots of ways. And they all start with "leave Parliament immediately"..

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Her mind has been numbed.

And then (presumably) put back into the jar to keep it nice and clean.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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I think I'll..

.. stick with going to Prog festivals. At least, when the dementia strikes, by the time the song ends you'll have forgotten how it started :-)

(Which leads me on to my complaint about music players - when they say "room for up to 500 songs" they obviously don't have prog in mind. My phone (which has a mix of rock, folk, jazz and prog) has an average song length of 7 minutes..)

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Be your own YouTube: Cloudflare Stream flies out of beta, emits vids

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And..

.. if it gets popular, it'll turn into as much of an open sewer at YT.

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Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade

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Re: testing?

Or did they just skip that bit?

That's the magic of DevOps baby! No need to do that boring testing stuff, we'll just fix it in the next release!

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Re: "$75M....after botched SAP upgrade"

Isn't the lack of such lawyerfests a mystery

Presumably SAP (like Oracle) spends an unfeasable amount of money on in-house lawyers to make sure that such things either don't happen or go away quietly..

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Re: Why SAP?

the endless focus on "Minimum Viable Product" solutions mean that what gets built has gaps in functionality that have to be addressed by further IT projects

Which (in my experience) will have the lowest priority unless they are fixing something that's costing lots of money..

After all, management wants new Shiny Shiny since that's what gives them brownie points with senior management.

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