* Posts by OzBob

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: Security?

Would terrorists go down there with the risk of exposure to and infection by pork products?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Nice to see Juno MaGuff is getting work

after "Inception".

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Computer Games Movies

"Jesus H. Corbett"

Actually with that beard of his, I see your point.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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An organisation as bad as that is described

does not happen on it's own. It takes dedicated incompetence on the behalf of HR, the immediate supervisor and the IT manager. Not to mention an internal vendetta or two.

I have seen great managers in IT, they are assertive, have the ear of senior management and are direct and honest in their dealings (with both subordinates and their peers). And they are as rare as hen's teeth.

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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"The Imitation Game"

The "U-571" of Turing Biopics (What a complete load of tosh, dramatacised up for Hollywood).

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

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Re: Auckland is a separate world in its own from the rest of NZ

We actually say "asians" here rather than "orientals", but the word "asians" means pakistani and indian origins in the UK, rather than the type of people Prince Phillip would casually comment on their physical appearance.

have you ever seen "once were warriors". my brother was a sparky for the housing corp, he said it was a documentary.

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OzBob

Auckland is a separate world in its own from the rest of NZ

and many people actively chose not to go there. It is more cosmopolitan but is also jammed with loads of people in close proximity, in NZ terms (two harbours on opposite sides of the isthmus). The North Shore (where your author was based) is quite well off, with South and West Auckland being the grotty areas. There are loads of foreigners there as well (orientals and pacific islanders mostly) from the Pacific Rim Nations, so expect a different cultural vibe to the place.

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Cash'n'Carrion launches big January sale

OzBob

You're out of Large

we work in IT, our Large is everyone elses Medium. Please restock.

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Speaking in Tech: Amazon Fire Phone – 'insanity' but 'genius'

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Sarah had to verbally tip-toe through the monologue about minorities and women

But some very relevant points made.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

OzBob

Sounds like someone

wrote the spec for this comms kit after watching "Aliens". (And we all know how well that turned out).

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Software-defined everything: So, WHEN is the 'future'?

OzBob

Re: Looking forward to this

What, throwing more hardware at a problem? It's called SAP HANA.

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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Re: My 2c

Seriously, you know how certain areas of the UK get slagged off for being backward? The Aussies are worse and quite frankly pride themselves on it (imagine a "chav" with worse dress standards and a larger car, and you have a "bogan"). Set your watch back 40 years in terms of social progress and halve your IQ, and you will fit right in.,

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Re: Not being British

Antipodean humour is very much designed around having a thick skin. If you are offended with being continually greeted with an insult, then down-under is not the place for you.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

OzBob

Re: So remind me again

Sports injuries are by definition, "accidents". No-one accidentally and consistently shovels more calories into their gob than they exert.

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OzBob

So remind me again

Why can't we tax fat bastards more than thin people, to cover their medical expenses?

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

OzBob

Herr Bunter, please expedite your return to the US

to face the charges you are accused of, and stop wasting our time with these petty distractions.

Name me on instance where an intercepted Skype call has been determined to infringe on someone's privacy.

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Woz moves to Oz

OzBob

Seriously?

Woz is moving to the one part of Australia that always gets left off the souvineers? (Did you ever see a plate or ash-tray of Aussie with a Tasmania on it?)

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

OzBob

So

the intern with the fetish for stop-frame animation has moved on to greener pastures? Meh

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

OzBob

Problem with Time Travel Movies

is that they need to be intelligent enough to stimulate thought, and simplistic enough to make money in America. Dilemma much?

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Re: The Time Traveller's Wife

Apparently the time travellers wife is a metaphor for something, some say "relationships", I say "mental illness" (and I'm not being flippant).

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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Reminds me of the news article

of the couple who were denied fertility assistance in australia after they had unsuccessfully tried to conceive naturally for 6 months. They protested this refusal quite voiciferously. Apparently when the law was drawn up, it did not conceive (sorry) of both members of couple being lesbians.

http://www.fact.on.ca/news/news0204/yn02041a.htm

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

OzBob

Saw it yesterday in HFR 3D here in Wellywood

Not half bad, did drag on at the start and I will admit it is basically a vanity piece after the LOTR. The madness scenes with Thorin were quite effective and it did not feel as contrived as the first 2 (with the introduction of the love interest yadda yadda). Sir Pete should have trimmed it at 2 episodes but I'll buy the 3D edition of this one in 9 months to complete the set.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

OzBob

Re: An IT Manager asked me to raise a formal Change Request...

Holy cow, a user that wants to follow due process? Most users spend more time justifying to me why they do not need to follow the process than they would have spent actually filling in the forms. And it does not help when the user hints at contract renewals coming up and the managers cave and allow it to go through "just this once" (repeat ad infinitum).

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

OzBob

well that spells the end

for kink.com and it's associated websites, who seem to revel in that sort of thing. (Seriously NSFW).

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

OzBob

Re: What's the big deal?

Shoot it down with what? There is no combat wing in the NZ airforce, the skyhawks were mothballed in 2002, the closest we have is a Stuka and a Hurricane that Peter Jackson (the lord of the rings guy) has in the South Island.

http://www.omaka.org.nz/

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

OzBob

Apparently the big meme so far

is that there is a second black person in the Star Wars universe. And he's a storm-trooper.

PS. What the special meaning of the droids and the rocks in the supercalifragalistic edition?

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'America radicalised me!' cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

OzBob

Kim dot Blob is nothing if not inconsistent

last week "I'm broke and a pariah"

this week "I earned 40 million last year, spent 10 million and never fled the country so I'm not a flight risk"

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63702162/Kim-Dotcom-earned-40m-while-on-bail-court-hears

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

OzBob

I would love total equality in the workplace (IT or otherwise)

but men passively resist this. Why? Because so far "equality" means "all the stuff men get to do". When I get 50% of the "stuff girls get to do" (interior decorating decisions, keeping a home, both nurturing and disciplining offspring) then I will be more open to talk of "equality". But most Men are not interested in these sorts of thing and society as a whole does not think less of them for it. True equality is still several generations away, once men and women have cottoned on to the fact it means a larger change in attitude than has been made so far.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

OzBob

So long fatso

Don't let the door hit you on the way out of the country.

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

OzBob

What no BOFH?

And the polos are sold out already.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

OzBob

If you want real brand-name-association,

"Audi", its german for "overpaid wanker".

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

OzBob

Bring back Toxteth O'Grady!

(Cue flames from UC fans).

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

OzBob

So, (from down here in the antipodes)

does that mean all pr0n is blocked permanently in the UK, or just by default and can be switched off?

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

OzBob

Are you saying

that Alan Moore should write the Jobs bio script in a "DR & Quinch" style? because that I would pay money to see!

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Speaking in Tech: Amazon's Fire is being snuffed out

OzBob

I see what you mean about the moat and the stilts

http://www.equinix.com/locations/netherlands-colocation/amsterdam-data-centers/am3

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From Bedrooms to Billions

OzBob

From Bedrooms to Billions

Am surprised no movie review as it got released about a week ago. It charts the rise and fall of the UK games industry, and for me, does a fairly good job. It runs to 2.5 hours, and has some real cred for the people it manages to track down.

http://www.frombedroomstobillions.com/

If you ever had to load a game off tape, you will very much enjoy this movie!

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

OzBob

Dear Tyler Durden

We all work (more or less) 40 hours a week, so there is little extra effort expended to gain labour saving devices. Rather, it is lost opportunity cost, specifically what else could the money have been spent on.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

OzBob
Coat

So, Naughty America have already started releasing 4K material

Mine's the jacket with the "screen wipes" in the pocket.

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

OzBob

Show me the logistics

So NZ has an "Area 5.1", where the NSA is operating. Please, give me a break. Somehow they are drawing power, installing hardware, filling the coffee machines on a site big enough to slurp massive amounts of data and not being discovered. Wake me up when someone geo-tags the location.

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OzBob

Disagree

Kelvin Davis (Labour candidate) is only 1% behind Mana Party's Hone Harawera in the polls for TTT. It's still too close to call. Plus most polls have National (Tory) governing with only 1 support party anyway.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

OzBob

Came back down under after 11 years in England

Was planning to retire but had to find another gig. Was running a large Server infrastructure across multiple countries / time zones / currencies, here I am just a basic sysadmin-for-hire. New Zealand and Australia are a "lifestyle block" in terms of IT (Think "The Good Life" vs a proper farm). They try to big up the innovation side but there is not enough money or scope to build big systems, so it's fringe and small-scale work mostly.

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

OzBob

4chan will have to create a whole new category

"lonely tech blokes caught having a w*nk on their security cameras".

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Give me wifi motion sensors

specifically, ones stuck to the telly and laptop I leave at home. That way if someone is riffling around them, I can pick that up.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

OzBob

Has anyone noticed

how much larger the disasters are getting? How long before we have "the big one" which wipes out life as we know it? Genetic engineering of crops causing famine, large hadron collider "rebooting" the universe, icelandic volcano starting a new ice age. The Emmerich Brothers are the new Nostrodamuses!

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

OzBob

Pegging is also called "Reverse A"

and usually costs an extra 20 quid (wear and tear, and cleaning I suppose). Oh, and when a hooker talks about A levels and O levels, they are not qualifications.

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NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

OzBob

Let me break it down for you

Cameron Slater is the premier political blogger in New Zealand. His page hit-count outranks a lot of main stream newspapers. He is the son of the former president of the National (read: Tory) party. He speaks to the current NZ PM several times a year. (and you are right, it is Slater, not Smith.). He is a personal friend of the (former) Justice Minister.

Someone has selectively released hacked emails from Cameron Slaters private correspondence, which he himself chose not to release at the time for various reasons. A lot is quoted out of context. He is very good at getting to the bottom of things quickly, hence the suspicion of insider knowledge. He has admitted he has emails that detail the following that neither he nor the hacker has released,..

Two high ranking Labour (read: Labour) officials having affairs

Gay sex claims from a left (straight) politician

Illegal employment of spouses in parliamentary services

Spousal abuse by left-leaning politicians

(Full details here http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/09/david-cunliffes-challenge/)

It is interesting to note that none of these unproven revelations have made it to press, only the ones that damage the right. This is unfortunately hactivism taking a political slant, and being very selective in what it views. This is not in the public interest, like the expenses scandal. Surf his website, you might find an actual Journalist lurking down under here.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

OzBob

I don't get invited to sales meetings now

but the last one I had in the UK was with someone who was touting to "facilitate" a SAP upgrade. A few direct questions and all it turns out all he does is introduce us to the actual company doing the work, pockets 20K for doing so and then disappears. When I pointed this out, I asked "Unless Company Y has no Customer Relationship Managers or Salespersons, why do we need you?".

I also asked about CPU / Memory Capacity (as SAP is notorious for gobbling resources) and he refused to give a specific figure (no doubt afraid I would take an estimate as gospel - hey, been there, had that happen). The techie he had with him (bless his heart) really blindsided the guy by bringing up a planning PDF from SAPNet, showing how much we would expect to burn, so I thanked him and said "So it's not orders of magnitude different to our current capacity but we will need to verify at a later stage". Fortunately I left the country before the project started, so avoided that particular "hospital pass".

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So, stealing emails to publish a book is OK?

OzBob

So, stealing emails to publish a book is OK?

As is refusing to produce your sources.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10385550/Key-stands-by-Judith-Collins-staffer-as-threats-fly

Kim Dot Blob's name is bandied around as the source of the hacked emails from a prominent NZ blogger with connections to the ruling National (read: Tory) party. No surprises there, he has form with breaching security. But a recent ruling in NZ is that books are not protected "journalism" so sources do have to be revealed. Looks like being an interesting election, muck-raking on both sides.

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

OzBob

Data matching comes to passports

I can see a lot of "long-lost twins" being rediscovered that way.

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