* Posts by OzBob

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

OzBob

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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OzBob

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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Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

OzBob

Things have moved on from the 90s

when MCSE stood for Must Consult Someone Experienced. But even now I am dealing with DBAs and Application Administrators who have no critical thinking or analysis skills, despite a better academic qualification than me.

To wit, the conversation I had today...

Unix: "We need you to generate application load similar to a Production run, to allow us to benchmark the server and allow you to tune the application".

DBA: "how?"

Unix: "By creating test data or copying existing data and duplicating it"

DBA:"how?"

Unix:"By taking a copy from another system and restoring it to the test system"

DBA: "how?"

Unix: "You're just playing the thicko card to avoid having to do this, aren't you?"

DBA: "how?"

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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

OzBob

If they are looking for intelligent life,

then it's interesting to note they are pointing the disk away from Hamil-tron.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

OzBob

There's a shortage of laptops, so I am commandeering yours

Had a lunatic Data Centre Manager who under-estimated the number of laptops he required, so he opened the Cabinets of the HP XP512 Disk Arrays, removed the maintenance laptops inside and reformatted them and distributed them to users.

My co-worker only found out when he opened the cabinet at 2am on a support call. "Unimpressed" was one way of describing it.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

OzBob

At least the pr0n purveyors have caught up

and are offering 4K resolution downloads (got to love naughty america; they do keep up with the technology)

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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft DOES have a stake in Android, y'know

OzBob

Trying to buy a laptop from Tiny Computers in England

When I moved to England, I tried to buy a laptop from a company called Tiny Computers (now defunct) and the PFY who was dealing with me refused to move on from the "No" answer when asked if I wanted the extended warranty (which he must have gained commission from). Eventually I said "if you do not move on from the question of the warranty, I will walk out right now". He moved on but tried to come back to the question later, so I walked out of the sales office, and ordered the laptop from their website on my credit card.

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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

OzBob

Game of Thrones - Palo Alto

And will the ghost of Carly please stop rattling her chains and saying "I told you so".

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Speaking in Tech: How I was outsmarted by my LG smartwatch

OzBob

Great title for Sara's autobiography

"Bacon, Bacon, Bacon, Bacon"

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VMware's super-secret MARVIN: It's software-defined war on future IT

OzBob
Joke

Coming next,...

a package for load balancing based on a trip around hyde park corner on a moped. Guess what they will be calling it?

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

OzBob

Re: "The worst case of party pooping I've ever heard"

Will they bring Graham and his urn again (and the dust buster)?

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Speaking in Tech: Nutanix OEM deal may be Dell's first step towards a BUYOUT

OzBob

Movie where trapped in a house with technical control with someone else

It was called Demon Seed, and was made in 1977.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Seed

The book was better (natch), but you could always hire Sandra Bullock's "The Net" (One of Jeremy Northram's better movies).

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Work to Rule (or the Toolset)

OzBob

Work to Rule (or the Toolset)

I have approached my boss suggesting improvements to perform regular maintenance and reporting tasks and have been rebuffed at every turn. There are also quite a few shortcomings in the toolsets we use, again the case for improvements has been made and rejected (I am in the Run Team; we are not required to genuflect when the Architects walk past but it’s not far off). My boss manages both Run and Architecture Teams.

So, using the development tools available to me already and the knowledge I have gained from previous roles, I have created a small set of bespoke tools that make completing my daily task set a lot easier and faster.

Now, the question to be posed; since I have done this off my own initiative and time, and after having my proposed solutions rejected by the hierarchy, do the time gains I have made become mine to re-allocate, rather than my employers?

My position is “f**k ‘em”; I offered my expertise, they rejected it, I will deliver to the standard they have provided me the ability to do. And I will ration my performance improvements to meet the annual objectives over quite a few years.

Of course, any spare time can’t spend sitting on a couch with a beer and an Al-Bundy pose, so I will probably occupy myself with more interesting work (artificial intelligence, pattern matching and sharemarket trading). And vague chats to my co-workers indicates they are all up for adopting this approach too.

So, what does the illuminati here think?

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The cute things they say

OzBob

Had a run of really thick operators at my old job

M rings me up at midnight saying "Bob Bob Bob there's a problem with your script". I ask "what is the problem", he says "its stopped", I ask "what is on the screen", he says "Press return to continue".

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

OzBob
Joke

Even with all that GPU power

you'd still end up waiting for ages while she decided what to wear.

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Kim Dotcom: You give me proof of govt corruption in my case, I give you MEELLIONS

OzBob

Here's an idea

if you are going to think up a way of allowing people to share copyrighted files, read some of the prior art (like Napster and Piratebay) and make sure you are dancing on the right side of the legal ambiguities. And if you stand up and go "nya nya nya", you make yourself a target.

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

OzBob

Some more tools I found helpful

Female UPS Power Cable (mating with the power strips inside the cabinet) to a 2-way multibox with local power layout, great to recharge laptops and run either local hubs or DVD Drives (USB powered DVDs are, in my experience, bad at error correction on old CDs / DVDs).

One of every specification of cable (Serial, Power, Fibre) in your architecture, for troubleshooting purposes only (never to be given up EVER! as a replacement unit). Plus at least 3 x network cables, minimum 5 metres length.

3 or 4 Clothes pegs, for marking cable temporarily

At least 2 movies you own legitimately, in physical or digital media form, so when the external supplier brings the wrong part initially, you have something to occupy your time. Rotate on regular basis (Current selection: "300" and "Indie Game: the movie")

Headphones (see above).

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

OzBob

Battle over technology licensing here

I believe the RealTouch device used the same technology but lost its licensing with its partner at the start of the year. This may be the partner going it alone (yeah yeah I know).

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The Internet Party forms alliance with Mana in NZ

OzBob

The Internet Party forms alliance with Mana in NZ

So KDC has pumped 3+ million into the Internet Party, and teams up with the Mana party (Mana = "Pride, Respect, Status" in Maori) to try and gain a seat in Parliament under the "coat-tails" provision of the MMP system.

So when the leader of the Internet Party, Laila Harre, was asked "who is your internet provider", she answers "I don't know, my husband usually pays all the bills". So, really serious about internet issues, isn't she?

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Kiwis unplug supercomputer after intrusion

OzBob

Mind you, this is also the mainstream that think

that Kim Dot Com is an Entrepeneur and that he didn't form his own political party to prevent his extradition. Go figure.

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OzBob

No great loss

even our weather is 20 yeas behind the times.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

OzBob

Cherry 2000

The blonde, not Melanie Griffiths

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

OzBob

Now if you managed the components of the Cloud yourself

but leased them from a provider, you could be in control of the problem and correct it quicker. So "Cloud as a Service, as a Service". (Should I stick a "quasi" in there?)

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