* Posts by Graham Dawson

1779 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: Ah

3rd edition was probably the last good one.I still have my colonel schaefer's last chancers veteran unit lurking around here, a couple of cadian squads and a pair of leman russ, all done up in desert camo. I was pretty proud of that lot.

Then the dropped schaefer's squad before turning it into that generic shitty "penal legion". Basically every change since 3.5 has been one step or several further into the swamp. I gave up pretty quickly, not having the money to afford their rocketing prices, and abandoned the whole thing entirely for greener pastures. Looked back recently, find out they've completely nuked warhammer fantasy and dropped nearly everything that made the 40K world interesting, and realised that I'd got out at a pretty good time.

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WordPress.com ditches PHP for Calypso's JavaScript admin UI

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Re: The new WordPress is ditching its PHP code base for JavaScript,

type node.js into your search engine of choice

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Re: "News"

They mean that hillary is the democrat equivalent of dick.

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

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Re: As the Specials once sang "What a load of Bo**ocks"

I tried getting a job at my local Aldi once. Non-starter. They were full and expected no vacancies, unlike Tesco and Asda's constantly overturning workforce.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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Re: Dual SIM

Been over a week and I still can't work out why I got downvotes for this. All I did was give a subjective opinion and then suggest a way people with similar thoughts might be better educated on the subject...

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Re: Dual SIM

I keep seeing this mention of dual sim being a killer feature on a phone but I've honestly never encountered anyone in the wild who uses such a feature. It makes me wonder what sort of fields would favour something like that. Maybe el reg could do a survey?

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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@smudge Re: Paging David Cameron

Parse the sentence carefully. There's a change of subject from "the government" to "we". He never addresses the idea that "the government" wants to ban encryption, he only says that GCHQ doesn't want to ban it, presumably because suitably holed encryption is far better for GCHQ than no encryption. No encryption means subjects of interest make use of other, more secure means of communication. Encryption riddled with secret access tunnels means you get enough misplaced trust trust in the existing communication methods to give GCHQ a chance of nabbing someone.

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Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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I have a logitech C170 on my computer. Plugged it in, all worked instantly, even with the complete and utter shitefest that is Skype for Linux.

I don't know why people make such patently false claims like this when they know they're going to be proven wrong. I guess some people can't help themselves.

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

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Re: Subtitle error

You've also created Trantor mk1.

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Re: Might it be an opportunity?

Assuming we were capable of that sort of mega-engineering project (which we will be one day, one hopes), I'm not sure it'd be beneficial as such. You'd end up coating the planet with a lot of ionised hydrogen... that said, the surface of mars is absolutely loaded with oxidised iron and other oxides of various sorts. Blasting them with a hydrogen plasma might actually liberate a fair amount of water. Possibly. I'm mostly pulling ideas out of my butt right now.

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Cash injection fuels SABRE spaceplane engine

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@sawatts Re: pull yer finger out

When (if?) it goes into production it will get you to LEO, and as any fule kno, getting to orbit means you're 90% of you way to anywhere, at least in terms of energy expended. So no, a sabre-powered craft probably won't take you directly to Mars, but it doesn't need to. It only needs to deliver you to ship that takes you on the last leg of the journey.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller special: The WHO bacon sarnie of death

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They're making that later. Probably around a day.

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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Obligatory Topical Reference

It's like they watched Spectre and thought "hey that's a pretty good idea!"

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Why was the modem down? Let us count the ways. And phone lines

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I remember trying that for a couple of head-to-head games of c&c and red alert. Must have been the last gasp of that particular faff.

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'Cancer-causing bacon would put a real dampner on processed pig sales'

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Re: A life without bacon

" Look at the vaccination BS spouted by a certain no-brain celeb as an example."

That's a pretty broad field.

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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Sun's too highbrow, surely? He should try the daily mail.

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German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

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Re: Who needs this model anyway?

Nah, he's not camp enough.

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Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code

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@anon Re: Good.

You mean "far more than is sensible"?

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BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

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Re: Didn't microsoft try that?

Jake, you're exactly backwards. MS pushed the graphics heap into the kernel in NT 4.0 in order to boost performance and it stayed there all the way through NT 5.0 and NT 5.1 (which you might know as Windows 2000 and XP). NT 6.0 moved most of the graphics heap out of the kernel and into userspace, but there is still a component running in kernel mode.

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Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

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Microsoft? First? Allow me to point at my old TF101 and scream bullshit.

(this is of course ignoring the old, old "laptop that bends over to pretend to be a tablet but is really just a laptop" concept that MS pushed in the early naughties)

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PIGS IN SPAAAACE: HAMS send porker to 25,927m

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It's just a little airborne, it's still good! It's still good!

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

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Re: Ferroelectric Memory

I don't know, but I'm pretty sure lobster sticks to it.

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Windows RT gets new Start menu – but no Cortana or Win 10 apps

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Re: Why call it a start menu?

Well. You have to start somewhere.

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

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Re: @TitterYeNot, re Nail Gun.

That would be the Ramset FrameMaster powder-actuated nail gun. It uses a .22 cartridge to fire a nail up to 1200 feet per second.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

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Re: Why do people like to stay ignorant and keep poisoning themselves?

Don't worry, they'll swap it all around again in another six months.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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Re: A9 business cards ...

#notallbusinesscards

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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the last worthy holder of the name Jeep Cherokee was the Cherokee Classic, from the days before that bloody "trail rated" badge.

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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@jake Re: @Graham Dawson (was: English is rubbish...)

The point was that while English is a germanic language and retains a certain germanic character, due to the early involvement of the French and a mingling with the celts - promoting a healthy appetite for new vocabulary - it hasn't resorted to the extreme character lengths of modern high German.

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Re: English is rubbish...

You crack wise, but think of English if it had a wordstogetherstuckform. It would be a speech that greatlongwordenclosestuckmaked each time overgoingfolk had a newcraftwordneed for a notyetfeltthing.

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White Stork mates with ISS, delivers bundles of resupply joy

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Re: Dehydrated food

Yep, the food is freeze-dried and vacuum sealed as a preservation method, with the added benefit that it takes up less space in storage.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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@wordsmith Re: 10 Year Wager £50

The terms were laid down explicitly.

£50 to a charity of your choice if humans are banned from driving on any existing classification of road anywhere in the UK in the next 10 years.

The bus is still driven by a human on a guided bus lane. All the lane does is guide the bus wheels while the driver accelerates and brakes. The driver is still in control. Humans are not banned from driving on guided bus lanes. Private transport is banned, but only for the same reason that you can't drive a car on a footpath or an off-street bike lane: they were never built for that purpose.

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Re: The end of any driving pleasure

A road that uses induction to charge your car as you drive? Yeah, no... you'd be driving on a giant eddy current brake. Whatever charge you could pick up would be negated by the increased energy required to overcome the electromagnetic field holding you back.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: Not totally suprising

they all float down here, AC! They all float! And when you're down here, in the grease and fat running between the kitchen tiles, you'll float too!

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We were all called "colleagues" when I worked at Asda, in some sort of attempt to make everyone seem like one big happy group of equals or something. This was before the Walmart buy-out as well, which means this particular bit of silliness was home-grown.

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EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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@x 7

Rafale is the better plane too, built to the particular needs of the French rather than trying to be something for everyone. Sweden built the technologically equivalent Gripen without ever going anywhere near the Eurofighter program and came up with something similar to Rafale, but suited to the needs of the Swedish airforce. I'm not saying the French didn't cheat, but I am saying that they took the knowledge the acquired and turned it to something that was tailored specifically for French needs.

@lars "Please Mr Dawson, either you are a kid without any knowledge of European history or a complete idiot."

Condescend all you want, doesn't change what I said in the least.

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Much as I want to get on a rant about the EU (which has progressively reduced the autonomy of its members to the point that they have to beg for permission to spend their own money)... yay for skylon! SSTO is the dream of space travel. Using an SSTO to get payloads to orbit would dramatically reduce the cost of assembling truly useful interplanetary and even interstellar spacecraft - though the latter would be a long time coming no matter what - and this sort of technology will form a fundamental part of any coherent space-based economy.

And then perhaps one day we can set up our libertarian utopias and socialist paradises away from the petty meddling of the bureaucrats. Or perhaps not... but at least, if Skylon takes off, we can try.

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NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor

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Re: "Brain"

That mirror thing is not due to stupidity, but rather an overabundance of lawyers.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Re: Might take a while

It was traditionally the architect. I think that would translate to senior management.

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Apple goes to crapple in stock plunge kerfaffle: $113bn wiped off in days

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Re: If Apple were an apple, what kind of apple would Apple be?

McIntosh is the cultivar you're thinking of.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Re: Word Free

Neither was 8 .

Didn't stop them.

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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Of course all of this ignores the fact that essentially all of the pollution a car will produce over its lifetime is produced during the manufacture of that car, and at the moment an electric car produces far more pollution in total (that means counting everything, not just CO2 emissions) during its manufacture than an equivalent IC car. Elon's big battery manufacturing plants might mitigate that somewhat, but I can't imagine they'd make a significant dent in the total, especially when you consider the environmental issues surrounding the mining and refinement of rare earths.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: Hmmm

Simple.

They saw it wasn't working properly, so they tried turning it off and on again.

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: American

No, it didn't. You're thinking of the failed Indiana Pi Bill, a legislative attempt to square the circle - something politicians and legislatures around the world have been attempting to do in one form or another ever since they were invented. It was just rather more literal in this case.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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@Dan 55 Re: Smut filter and nonce-catching

Here you go.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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"all those wasted moments finding the right card"

I have two. Credit. Debit. They're in my wallet, which is in my pocket. Unless iPhone users walk around with their phones literally glued to their hands and have the bonkpay app open all the time I don't think I'm going to be suffering any comparative delay finding my money.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Technically correct, but the lack of a distinct second-person plural in modern English has resulted in the evolution of a number of attempts to replicate it, especially in American English - yourselves, y'all, yinz and so on. If we were still using tou/thee it wouldn't be an issue, but of course language evolves to drop and reacquire forms all the time, so it's only inevitable. Perhaps in a few hundred years we'll have adopted something else equally silly.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Tedious Romulan

And it was the one that broke the pattern and made the curse universal. Every Trek since then has been mediocre at best.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: Why did the EU insist on separating track and train operators?

EU Directive 91/440 required all member states to separate the management of infrastructure from the provision of transport services. It was modelled on the "successful" Swedish practice, though between the directive being drafted and coming into force Sweden's railways went down the same shitter as ours would do a few years later.

Thing is, Sweden's railways are still state-operated and have suffered exactly the same issues as our own railways. The UK problem wasn't privatisation, but the lack of cooperation between the infrastructure management and the transport operators.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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@Tom 13 Re: @Graham Dawson

"here's not a great deal of skill in bricklaying. You trowel the mortar on the brick, press it down/slide it over the correct amount, and move to the next brick."

I've worked on enough projects and knocked down enough shonky walls after the fact to know the difference people people who think that way and brickies who are actually worth paying. Generally speaking, the people who do think that way are called apprentices and they're kept away from anything remotely structural or visible.

Any fool can slap mortar on bricks and call it a wall. It takes a long, long time before they're actually good at it.

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Re: Something missing

The whole point of comparing like for like is to eliminate confounding variables - things that can't be controlled, like relative supply and demand, required skill, cost of operation and so forth.

Simple example: Bricklayers require a lot of training and need several years of experience to be any use, and are always in relatively short supply as a result (though not nearly as short as plumbers or gas fitters). Secretaries need to know how to turn on a computer, type reasonably well and answer phones, and can be had for pennies because there's a glut of people with these skills

A man working as a secretary will be earning the same as a woman working as a secretary (I know this, because I have done so), and a woman working as a brickie (and yes they do exist) will earn as much as a man working as a brickie.

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