* Posts by OzBob

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Seriously? You think that "sticking your head above the parapet",

sticking two fingers up to the great and powerful, and they will shrug and go "oh well, we lost that one"?

Kim Dot Blob has taken on the big boys and is on his way to losing big time.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Oh, "her"

the one that fronted that Beeb series that mangled the Free Software movement and DARPA / the internet into one big blob, with the same ideology. Amusing in some respects, I suppose.

Gimme LJ Rich on Click for tech tottie anyday.

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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The problem with legacy hardware

is generally that the software service it provides is either beyond the capacity of current programmers to reproduce, or too expensive to warrant the effort to reproduce. (My previous employer running a risk management tool written in Cobol, ported multiple times and ended up running on a huge HP-UX system).

There used to be a market for migration tools in the late 90s / early noughties for certain types of OS or Application, but they were riddled with problems and generally crap. Now, budgets have dried up and enthusiasm for the risk of change has dropped.

(I am currently right now at work, migrating an application from an older Linux box which is exposed to Heartbleed, to a newer Linux version that has a patch out. It took news headlines to get the customer to pull finger and pay the money to move. And there is a good chance the interfaces that break upon this move, the customer will have no idea how to fix)

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Re: And the followup question should have been

Way to murder the metaphor. I wish I had such determination not to be educated, the world would seem much simpler and less scary.

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And the followup question should have been

"Someone sent your 13 year old dick pics, and they only did it once so we can't catch them doing it again"

And therefore is the dilemma of the 21st century - who decides who is bad enough to be monitored, and when do they become bad enough?

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How tech bosses manage their teams for fun and profit

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Very interesting but would question the sampling mechanism

You have recruited probably very proactive and self-aware execs, what about the self-involved numpties who think they are perfect already?

My previous employer held coffee mornings once a month, where groups of technical personnel were invited along to talk to the CEO and CIO with no middle managers or HR present. They quickly found out how many of their middle managers were outright lying to them about how things were going.

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Speaking in Tech: Big Data and the ‘Everything In The Cloud’ obsession

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Cutting brake cables to get ahead?

And redhead jokes? Where does Amy appear on the hot / crazy matrix?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKWmFWRVLlU

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NZ used XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Org election emails

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Re: I would be wary of anything published by Nicky Hager

"keep the absurd real estate market in Auckland rolling along"

Folks, that's NZ code for "doesn't stop the dirty asian foreigners from stealing our jobs and buying our houses". Kiwis are such bigoted idiots sometimes.

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Battle for control of Earth's unconnected souls moves to SPAAAACE

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Did the NSA put it's own interception s/w in there?

I only ask 'cos the tin-foil is strong in this BBS.

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NASA wants you to help space mining corp strip mine the Solar System

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Re: Bruce Willis on standby

Actually, more Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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Sod moving back to Milton Keynes,...

the Red Bull HQ is next to Browns Wood, which is a dump. And they keep employing Aussie drivers.

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US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

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Inhibits or slows delivery of content

which means my ISP in NZ can still restrict my torrent traffic in prime time as part of my contract, but those ISPs in the US of A cannot?

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

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Re: Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

Which is the most sensible way because it makes it sortable in a text file (bash programmer here)

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: Hidden TrueCrypt volumes

Gordon bennett, the UKIP membership is strong in this one!

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Complicit Kiwis sniffed Pacific comms says Snowden

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Re: You should read the mainstream news articles

PM me when you get better informed then.

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You should read the mainstream news articles

they are filled with ass-covering words like "possibly", "potentially", "might have".

The loonie left here are pointing at vague statements and screaming "conspiracy!". Big yawn all around.

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Speaking in Tech: Tinder Plus: 4 times pricier... if you're an OVER-28 wrinkly

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Antipodean adventure?

Go to Bathurst 1000! Bogans, Big-Bangers and Eskys as far as the eye can see.

http://www.v8supercars.com.au/championship/2014-v8-supercars-championship/supercheap-auto-bathurst-1000

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: Why don't they

Because KDC hid his Bitcoin assets with his Mrs, who promptly started shagging his gaming protege and filed for divorce.

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Re: I don't see an explanation about what MWC actually means.

Thanks. Sounds religous BTW.

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I don't see an explanation about what MWC actually means.

is the "M" for mobile?

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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Saw a legendary sign down at Lands End Cafe

"We do not replace food stolen by seagulls". Must have had a few 'Merkins through recently threatening to sue.

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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Damn!

Was enjoying the article until I saw the RIP at the end, which meant there was not going to be a follow up.

A pity with all these entrepreneurs collecting old kit, no-one is collecting the memories of those who used it (and how they made it work). Perhaps we need an archive of their experiences for future generations to refer back to?

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: 10 Quid!

A true BOFH would have a key to the stores cabinet and an account on a local trading website to supplement his online shopping budget. You need to earn your stripes there, PFY.

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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

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And not a single mention

of Kelvin Warwick (aka Captain Cyborg, and various other profanities too crude to list here).

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Glad to hear you made it through your dark days

I would be interested in hearing from more Register IT professionals about mental health issues. It seems to happen a lot but gets talked about hardly ever.

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Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?

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Classic Basil

Basil Brush: Hello Killer

Cilla Black: It's Cilla.

Basil: Oh, terribly Corry.

boom boom.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Doesn't the mac

have voice recognition that could type it for you?

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Is Russell Brand one of the other 4 UK entrants?

Please please please please please please please please please please please please please

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Worst … commute … EVER – Surrey to Sydney

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Re: I don't want to be pedantic, but...

You are being literal rather than figurative, (or just plain thick)

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

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Re: That would be telling...

Sounds like the Mrs said "sod this, I want my Burberry and Kappa, I;m taking the kids back with me". (You remember the "Wanted Down Under" BBC series? When they refuse to go, or come back within 1 year, dollar to a knob of dingos poo it's the whining wife).

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Might as well have called it

a flux capacitor.

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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Re: It's got Seth Rogen in it

when he's in a minor role (50/50, this is the end ) he isn't bad. When he's co-head-lining, that's when its crap.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Oversold it, major fail!

You had me going right up to the part when you tried to tell me a Red Dwarf fan was married (and to a girl!).

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Speaking in Tech: Uber and Google on the road to DRIVER-FREE cars

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Forget the Superbowl

It's the World Cup of Cricket in New Zealand starting shortly. American Football is as incomprehensible to the rest of the world as Cricket is to Americans.

http://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: Interesting

I used to have one cellphone and the old boss paid the bills and never looked at the call logs. The new boss started querying me on the large number of whore-houses on my call list, so I had to outsource my personal numbers to a burner phone. Ce la quinne.

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

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I am jack's complete lack of surprise

"X" must have been more than the cost of a recall.

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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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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

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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'

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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'?

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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

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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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