* Posts by Dave Harris

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Doctor Who's 50th year special: North American theater tix on sale Friday

Dave Harris
Alien

UULLLLLLAAAAAAA!!!!

UULLLLLLAAAAAAA!!!!

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(apologies if too clichéd)

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

Dave Harris

+1 for Joss Whedon

I'd go for Joss Whedon as director.

Also, my main interest is that they get the politics right, or at least plausible. I say that knowing nothing about the post RotJ canon, I'll admit, but the Republic to Senate scenario, mirroring Rome, was excellently done, even in the prequels.

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Sandy takes out NYC colo facility

Dave Harris
Alert

IBM Triangle Park

IBM's sites based at Triangle Park in North Carolina seem to be screwed somewhat (which is a bit of a bugger as I need some information from them)

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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

Dave Harris
Mushroom

Re: Errata . . . just sayin'

Erm, Gerry Adams? I think he was busy doing something a bit less entertaing than Gerry Anderson in the sixties

<--- What Adams was doing

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Dave Harris
Meh

just had an SMS...

Just had an SMS from my telco, offering one of these for RM588 (malaysian ringgit, about GBP120). Should I pick one up?

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Biennial boner blights Beemer biker

Dave Harris
Headmaster

Re: Muphry strikes again

...the "The" in the definitive article is definitely pronounced with a capital "T"...

I'm sorry, would you be so kind as to run that past me again? The definite (not definitive) article is the general definition of the word "the", as I'm sure you're aware, so to refer to a particular instance of "the" in a given use of the word seems to go beyond tautology.

Furthermore, it should not, generally speaking, be capitalised except at the beginning of a sentence, even if it is attached to a proper noun, unless actually part of that proper noun (I refer you at this juncture to the Guardian Style Guide entry on the subject http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/t ).

Also, I'm curious as to how one enunciates "The" and "the" differently. Would you care to elaborate?

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Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons

Dave Harris

Re: Nice Exchange Rate

Sing dollars - S$2.01:£1 seems about right to me

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The seven types of commentard

Dave Harris

Re: Type 8: Nitpickers

"No, that is not quite it; egg vs foetus is the root here, since the feeding system is based on this."

Not quite: ornythorhynchus anatinus (platypus) and a few spiny anteaters are egg-laying, rather than live-birthers, but are still mammals. Feeding via mammaries is pretty much the main criterion.

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Nokia Asha 201 Qwerty phone

Dave Harris

Re: No USB charge... Grrr!

"It used to be that us Nokia users could charge their phone in any almost any location- odds were that there would be a (old size ) Nokia charger (or 6) to hand."

Still is the case - every bar near me (that isn't playing "thwup-thwup" music) has a Nokia charger behind the bar, normally next to the can of lighter gas or petrol.

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ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates

Dave Harris
FAIL
So how many internal networks will break once .lab, .loc, .local, etc get snapped up, then? Or are ICANN going to produce a list of gTLDs you can safely use internally (for a fee)?
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Solicitors from hell website unplugged by libel judge

Dave Harris

Sam Clemens again

"Anyone who represents themself in court has a fool for a client."

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Dave Harris

Not only that, he had a deal with his missus, that whoever was elected to Parliament first, the other would carry on with the law to bring the money in. Remember, Cherie Booth was selected as a PPC for the (old) Labour Party before her husband. He just won his election before she did.

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Dave Harris
Headmaster

Please check the difference between liability and libel.

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Dave Harris
Thumb Down

You though wrong

I've known many honest and honourable solicitors, including the one who acted for my mother in my parents' divorce (and gave her a job ten years later), and the one who acted for me in a dispute with my landlord.

Many solicitors do actually believe strongly in the law and the rule of law, using it to help those who are in the shittiest of circumstances. This is why so many are vehemently opposed to the coming changes to Legal Aid (without which neither I nor my mum would have received representation), given it will strip assistance from some of the most disadvantaged in the UK.

Stipulated, many lawyers go into the profession with an eye on making money in any possible. The vast majority, however, do not.

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Doctor Who girl Amy Pond axed in 'heartbreaking' exit

Dave Harris
Unhappy

Slightly off topic...

... but I believe I said the same thing when Mr Nigel-Murray was killed in Bones.

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ePlods charge man, 60, with chick-lit MP Twitter threats

Dave Harris
Headmaster

Pen-name?

Bagshawe is La Mensch's maiden name, so given she was single when she was published, rather than "pen-name", wouldn't that be just "name"?

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US nuclear aircraft carrier George Bush crippled by toilet outages

Dave Harris
Coat

I see a plotline for NCIS coming up...

Labcoat for Abby

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Electric plane-flinger for US and Royal navies doing well

Dave Harris
Holmes

Really?

Are you saying a minister lied (I note, outside the HoC) to defend a poor politically-based rather than evidence-based decision? Heaven forfend...

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IBM loans SMBs $1bn to buy stuff

Dave Harris
FAIL

to loan

verb (used with object)

4. to make a loan of; lend: Will you loan me your umbrella?

5. to lend (money) at interest.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/loan

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NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

Dave Harris

If you use twitter..

you might want to try this site: http://www.pint.org.uk/notw.html

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Alpha.gov.uk – it's nearly a beta

Dave Harris

Good start

The auto-location thing is working for me (FF4), but it did chuckle at this http://alpha.gov.uk/fail

Also, they've opted not to bother wasting a shedload of time coding around the various neuroses of IE6, which is a smart move

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Nokia gets touchy-feely with two new Symbians

Dave Harris

Oooo

I had been thinking of the E5 to replace my E63 in a few months, but the E6 definitely looks a more likely bet.

Looking forward to the release in AP, since it's likely to be my last Nokia...

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Spamhaus DDoS blamed on shady Russian hosts, not Anonymous

Dave Harris
FAIL

So much wrongness

I have never known Spamhaus to demand payment for a removal, and have always found them easy to deal with on the (very) odd occasion when I've needed to request one on behalf of a client.

Yes, there are organisations that require payment, organisations which I therefore refuse to use.

Spamhaus do not, which makes me wonder about your motivation for suggesting they do.

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This year's comedy Xmas No. 1 contender: Silent song 4'33"

Dave Harris
Thumb Up

If it's a fight for the Christmas #1...

...surely someone will need their Fighting Trousers http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=108766165863029

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRTB-FTMdk&feature=channel

The campaign to propel Professor Elemental to the top spot.

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Margaret Thatcher celebrates 85 years

Dave Harris
Dead Vulture

Not just miners

As Gregg Roughley at the Guardian put it: "Liverpool fans might enjoy knowing that on Margaret Thatcher's 85th birthday she'll be watching nothing but celebrating scousers and miners all day on TV."

Headstone, soon please

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Why is IBM declaring war on Cisco?

Dave Harris
Flame

Aaaaarrrrrrggghhhh!!!!

"IBM still looses more than it gains"

Looses? LOOSES?

It's not a verb!!!

Makes me angry, shooty stabby angry!!!

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BIS will name'n'shame Scrooge bosses

Dave Harris
Flame

Name & Shame?

Prosecute the bastards, to the full extent

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SCADA worm a 'nation state search-and-destroy weapon'

Dave Harris

You need to ask?

Despite have reference to religion in its title (as it turn out, for admirable reasons), the Monitor is actually a very reputable publication and has been for quite a while. More here: http://www.csmonitor.com/About/The-Monitor-difference

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Lock up your Crackberries

Dave Harris

Actually, er, no.

Traveler is not necessarily open to everything. Sure you can have it open on port 80 if you want, but most companies would have their Traveler server at least using SSL with every other port except for sync blocked. Comms to the other Domino servers where the mail actually sits is easily encrypted using built in Domino encryption.

The Traveler server could be sat on the corporate VPN since iPhone, Symbian, WinMo handsets can all handle that, or use Lotus Mobile Connect, which is tailored for Traveler, Sametime, etc.

Ah yeah, you've then got to hack Domino itself. Good luck with that

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Home Office unveils new UK passport

Dave Harris
Headmaster

FCO

It was mainly down to the FCO. When the new EU standard format passports were introduced back in the early 1990s, it was also to bring in the machine-readable format.. However, at the time the FCO were worried that that would require the "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires..." page to be moved. Naturally, the FCO were not prepared to countenance this, being the FCO. A compromise was agreed whereby the personal details page would be in the equivalent position at the back.

Then they went on to fight about the colour of the passport (they didn't want to switch from the old dark blue to the European red), which was only resolved when someone from the Immigration Service group suggested referring to it Imperial Maroon.

Schoolmaster icon for the history lesson.

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HMRC staff fired for racism over benefits

Dave Harris

You are missing something.

It's not that the benefit levels vary according to ethnicity, they vary according to the level of tax and NI paid, and over how long. Change those figures, and you affect the level of benefits payable.

The article states fairly clearly that the scumbags were targeting people based on ethnicity and changing the details of tax/NI paid.

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Ten Essential... Symbian Apps

Dave Harris

Screenshots

@Dave Stephenson, what were you using to get the screenshots? The only app I've been able to find was reliant on a dedicated camera button, which the E63 conveniently doesn't have

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UAE to cut off BlackBerry users

Dave Harris
FAIL

exchange only?

"This is BES (if you have an Exchange server...)"

Er, BES doesn't only work with Exchange. it sits very happily with Domino as well

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Malaysia bans 'satanic' Man Utd kit

Dave Harris
Pint

Quite moderate

It is actually very moderate, at least around KL & parts of Selangor. Most muslim mates of mine aren't too impressed by this sort of grandstanding, and just take it with a pinch of salt.

Up in Terengganu and Kelantan, it's a bit different. The dominant party there, PAS, is not so moderate at all, although they're still miles away from Saudi.

Beer - there's no decent native one, just locally brewed European beers and Thai, Laotian and Chinese beers

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World Cup stars by the numbers

Dave Harris
WTF?

ElReg channelling 538

Are you Nate Silver in disguise?

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NZ spider objects to Canadian's todger

Dave Harris

Surely...

FANGarei is still worth appropriate then?

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Chattanooga devil dog eats cop cruiser

Dave Harris
Pint

Thank you

Haven't heard that joke in 25 years, so thanks for the nostalgia trip.

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Two jailed for smutty texts

Dave Harris
FAIL

Wrong

Age of consent in the UK is 16.

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Whatever happened to the email app?

Dave Harris

Please, not the Bat!

100% of mail attempting to enter our corporate mail system from the Bat! is spam. Goes directly to our spam traps, now.

BTW, I'm not the Pegasus guy, although I remember using it at university in the early 90s. Lotus Notes for work and personal.

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Oz watchdog nips Pammie Anderson's bikini-clad ass

Dave Harris

Pre-scrubs I think, 2002ish

But Perry Cox is a legend

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Dave Harris
Pint

A mate of mine once said...

"If they banned all the porn on the internet, there'd be one site left, savetheporn.com".

<-- He was landlord of my old local

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NHS denies pre-election stitch-up

Dave Harris

Purdah

At this time in an election cycle, the civil service generally enters a state of purdah. No new announcements will be made, no new contracts will be signed *that weren't due to be signed*, the machinery of government, ie civil service, carries on.

That is not to say that Ministers and special advisers, ie, political appointees, won't make announcements.

Just a point of order; as you were...

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US must redesign killer hot dogs

Dave Harris
FAIL

Oh dear

Well, you really did ask for what's coming. Ms Bee's response, I imagine will only be a foretaste.

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Dave Harris

With you on both

So much so, I just positively acknowledged your comment ;o)

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Double-Take disaster recovery takes to the clouds

Dave Harris
FAIL

Yeah right

I can see so many corporate security teams approving that one...

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Argentinians invade Falkland Islands website

Dave Harris
Grenade

I see wins

If it were to get a bit naughty in the South Atlantic again, it could actually be quite a win for whatever government in the UK: they get to launch a popular expeditionary force, backed up by the red-tops, and also use the deployment to scale down the numbers in Helmand et al, winning over the "ZaNuLieBOre/BLIaR" whingers.

In fact, Kirchner and Brow/Cameron/Clegg (look, it *could* happen, ok) make a secret deal, and just get the squaddies running around having the biggest paintball battle in history. Status quo preserved (cos we'll win, obviously), and no-one's any the wiser until the boys come back with their DPMs stained all colours of the rainbow.

<-- That grenade's filled with paint.

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Dave Harris
Linux

Reminds me

There's an excellent bit in "Don't cry for me, Sergeant-Major" where a survival guy/Falklands specialist is talking to the squaddies on their spring cruise south in April '82 about foraging for food locally.

(Paraphrasing from memory): "If you're feeling a little peckish and you see a nice hole in the ground and think, ooh, a nice juicy fat bunny, do not stick your hand down it. Them holes have penguins in'em, what are vicious little buggers that'll have your fingers off in a trice."

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Dave Harris
Linux

Yeah but

The only locals prior to Britain establishing a colony were those black and white buggers with vicious beaks and a fascination with helicopters & that can swim a bit. And last I heard, they weren't very useful and marking an X in a box with a pencil held in their flippers.

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Small firms say UK taxes are strangling growth

Dave Harris

More likely...

...your risk management is up the swannee.

Take a look at http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/ most H&S risks as reported by the Daily Heil aren't a cost to business at all.

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Dave Harris

Alternatively known as...

PAYE,ie your employees' income tax, VAT, Corporation tax, NI, accountant/book-keepers' fees, are a cost of doing business. If you can't figure that into your business plan, or your electricity bill, or rent, or insurance, or equipment/software purchasing, do you have the nous to be in be=usines in the first place?

Alambritis and his acolytes at the FSB (he's not mentioned in the article - retired?) have been banging on about this for decades. And he's been wrong every time, since the FSB is just an arm arm of the Tory party, and always has been.

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