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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

Paul Johnston
Facepalm

Ah Sun Microsystems!

(as Sun often used to do with the next generation of RAM) finance the existence of that leap in cost performance and thus make it actually happen.

Whatever happened to them ?

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Paul Johnston

Re: Say goodbye to the gift horse

Obviously not in Hull then!

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

Paul Johnston
Joke

Highly unlikely

We use consultants on £1000+ a day, it's unlikely they would bend down to pick up £2000!

Anyway blackmailing a sysadmin when there are accountants and HR people still alive is just so wrong !!!

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

Paul Johnston
Pint

Crack the beers!

Excellent job folks!

Isn't science great :-)

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

Paul Johnston
Flame

Afghanistan

Afghanistan seems to cope quite well when other nations stay out.

The surprise is it is still around until you consider the nature of the terrain it lives in.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Many good points - however

Re Canon G15

Ditto, lovely camera and it has a viewfinder great for us four-eyes :-)

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

Paul Johnston

Re: New Noun

Indeed, just become by new e-mail signature

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Paul Johnston
Trollface

New Noun

Data Mining, noun: "Torturing data until it confesses ... and if you torture it enough, it will confess to anything."

Noun?

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

Paul Johnston

Don't start off being obnoxious

Isn't the problem that if you constantly resort to being rude people cannot work out if it's an act or really something important.

I'm sure we all know the case when it's either "Bloody hell X, doesn't normally talk like that, what's up?" and "oh it's just Y, always kicking off, ignore him!".

The boy who always cried wolf comes to mind.

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

Paul Johnston

Oracle MySQL

Oracles problem regarding MySQL is basically a lot of people don't like them.

For a anti-Oracle rant see below:

http://smartos.org/2011/12/15/fork-yeah-the-rise-and-development-of-illumos-2/

There are several options you can use to replace Oracles version of MySQL and I don't think any technical arguments are going to overrule some who just hates Oracle and say's lets use MariaDB/ Postgres whatever.

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Larry Ellison, Oracle's humble CTO, demos cloud migration at OpenWorld

Paul Johnston
IT Angle

A bespectacled Ellison, aged 70,

What's so strange about wearing glasses?

From "Four Eyes"

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Paul Johnston
Flame

Not just me then?

"It would have been interesting if the parallels between 21st century dark matter and 19th century luminiferous ether had been made."

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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Don't do it like that

Result!

Last thing you want in the pub is the wife ringing me to ask where I am.

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

Paul Johnston
Joke

PDP

Do they actually still use a PDP-11 at EE?

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

Paul Johnston
Pint

loud, boisterous, obnoxious and uninformed of the local culture.

In my experience that covers a lot of countries, not just the USA.

"Brits on the piss" is not a nice sight as I'm sure lots of people can testify to.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

Paul Johnston
Flame

WTF!

"With the back-to-school shopping season kicking off !"

Mine haven't finished this years yet.

How much is this going to cost me :-)

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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Best of Luck

Update

He shot 4 over (the second best amateur score) and is level with Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera.

Sounds a good day at the office!

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Paul Johnston
Pint

Best of Luck

Just to qualify for the US Open is one hell of an achievement!

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Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

Paul Johnston
Happy

Tesco

Just popped in and they are still using them in there :-)

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

Paul Johnston
Unhappy

Re: Thinking...

Ditto but they have fingers in many pies!

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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

Paul Johnston
WTF?

I know. Not many people take Marx seriously these days

I suggest you get out a bit more !

Or even google "economist marx was right"

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Pakistani retail chain bakes DEEELICIOUS Android mobes

Paul Johnston
Happy

Interface Language

Wonder what language the interface will be in, (yes I am sad that that sort of stuff interests me !)

You have to love it when a country has two official languages, one English and the other Urdu which is the native tongue of less than 8% of the population.

Anyway best of luck with them doing this, would be nice to have a success story coming from Pakistan once in a while.

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Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

Paul Johnston

Not sure...

Not sure I want "most ambitious release to date," what I want is something stable and robust, evolution not revolution.

See Maria DB is in and firewalld.

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Snowden: Hey fellow NSA worker, mind if I copy your PASSWORD?

Paul Johnston
WTF?

And this is security?

especially if you've been polygraphed, you're an insider and you are presumed to be trustworthy

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Leveson: My Whingers' Charter™ is PERFECT, you impudent MPs

Paul Johnston
WTF?

Best laws money can buy

Remember: the press is already "controlled" by civil and criminal law, which, in the era of super-injunctions and human-rights law, is probably tougher than ever before.

That is if you can afford it, super-injunctions are not cheap, as to human-rights law can you get legal aid for that?

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

Paul Johnston

Oh God here we go again!

Half the time it's too left wing, the other half it's too right wing.

If you can upset both sides it cannot be doing too bad a job.

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Mail.ru says 'да' to half a BILLION dollars, flogs its 14m Facebook shares

Paul Johnston

Why?

"It didn't give any reason for closing out its Facebook stake."

Took a nice profit and saw it was time to get out whilst winning?

Or perhaps Arsenal need some more players!

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

Paul Johnston

Re: ...and wir attracting the kidz, narteyemin, yeah?

What does ddywetsoch mean?

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Oracle and Dell forge worldwide server alliance

Paul Johnston
Pint

Sorry this article is wrong!

Anyone else get a letter from Carolyne Jones saying:

You may have seen today a story on ‘TheRegister’ saying that Dell & Oracle were forging a partnership on X86 that intimated that Dell were taking over Oracle X86 hardware production. This is not the case. Dell will have the right to sell X86 systems with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM into Dell’s own customer base, but this agreement does NOT extend to Solaris.

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

Paul Johnston
Pint

Don't you just love archaic terms

Hitting the shelves becomes hitting the virtual shelves!

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Fedora cooks up new Linux for Raspberry Pi

Paul Johnston

Updating

If it's based on Fedora 17 does that mean you will have to move to one based on 18 as soon as 19 comes out?

I do like Fedora but the release cycle is quite fast IMHO.

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Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

Paul Johnston
Facepalm

What you talking about Willis!

Willis said that the maturity of the market in BYOD administration tools should solve any nagging problems – so it's up to IT managers to sort it out.

So people shell out loads of money to Gartner and the best they can say is it should be okay.

For the price they charge I'd want a cast iron guarantee it "WILL SOLVE ANY NAGGING PROBLEMS" apologies for shouting!

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Oracle critical patch plugs 128 security vulns

Paul Johnston

Brown Alert!

Someone has a sense of humour then!

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

Paul Johnston
Pint

Not a good day!

Can we have an icon showing a dram being raised?

I have a t-shirt with "Break Into Banks" on the back for the "A Song Of Stone" book, love wearing it when I go in to pay my credit card bill.

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Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?

Paul Johnston

So?

"Fourthly, Oracle needs a storage array roadmap that responds to a gradual but growing migration of enterprise's stored data into the cloud, which will include some primary data, thus reducing the market for shared storage arrays. "

Wouldn't this beg the question what "the cloud" actually stores stuff on and get in on that market?

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World+Dog don't care about climate change, never have done

Paul Johnston

Re: Er?

Like your description of evidence about smoking being "highly contained"

More accurate might be that a famous statistician being paid by the tobacco industry and saying actually "lung cancer caused smoking" not the other way round.

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Paul Johnston

Er?

Immigration and the environment did not make the top of the list in any country over the 17-year period;

Okay neither made the top but I dare say the former does seem to exercise a lot of people.

Why lump two concerns together which seem to have very little connection/correlation.

Also 60 years ago nobody was concerned about the effects of smoking, (no one really knew the dangers) does this mean it should still be ignored?

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

Paul Johnston
Thumb Up

I would love to have been at the meeting

Wonder what the meeting was like where it was decided to run with this communication.

Person 1: Er do you want to put your name to this?

Person 2: Not really, why don't you?

Person 1: Agreed lets bat this one upstairs !

Person 2: Do you think we can still get iPhones for work?

Person 1: Dunno!

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BANG and the server's gone: Man gets 8 months for destroying work computers

Paul Johnston
Joke

Could be a fit up!

I think it was actually Barry Scott who did it!

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

Paul Johnston
WTF?

Re: Just America?

Sorry what is wrong with a biker jacket for a toddler?

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Long-delayed Fedora Linux 18 arrives at last

Paul Johnston

Late!

Always seems a "damned if you, do damned if you don't" situation re the delaying a release.

I'd rather something was a couple of weeks late if it removes some of the "bleeding edge" issues.

However I do think having a release every 6 months is just silly

I just got:

Fedora 16 will reach end of life on 2013-02-12, and no further updates will be pushed out after that time. Additionally, with the recent release of Fedora 18, no new packages will be added to the Fedora 16 collection.

Which is great as I've just moved some machines from 16 to 17 earlier this year (bloody php 5.3.* to 5.4.* broke a couple of WordPresses).

Think Centos is the way for me.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Paul Johnston
Pint

Re: Gas Fridge?

Cheers!

We used to have a gas fridge back in the 1970s, useful with the powercuts.

I was the one who had to crawl under the sink to relight the pilot if it ever went out!

As an aside I've never seen an advert with so many spelling mistakes coming from a UK company.

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Paul Johnston

Gas Fridge?

Can you still get gas fridges?

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Eric Schmidt's Norks outing poorly timed, tuts US govt

Paul Johnston

Re: Well!

Hang on!

I added a list starting

Hungary 1956

Czechoslovakia 1968

Uganda 1978

Iran 1980

Afghanistan 1979

Cambodia 1978

India/Pakistan (various)

..

It wasn't aimed against the USA just it's not uncommon.

Seems my post got rather truncated!

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Paul Johnston
Joke

Well!

Without defending the North Korean regime seems they haven't invaded another country for well over half a century, that's a lot longer than certain other countries!

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What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

Paul Johnston
Alien

K

Just looked at the page on Wikipedia for the K programming language, oh my giddy aunt!

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Perl programming language marks 25th birthday

Paul Johnston
Pint

Re: The internet's Cobol?

What's wrong with semi-colons?

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Dr Alex Moulton: 'An inspiration for generations of engineers'

Paul Johnston

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Terse?

In Chinese you have to decide between er and liang whereas we would just use two!

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Paul Johnston

Terse?

" I was one of the fools who didn’t realise that English is the most terse of all major languages"

I'm learning Mandarin which makes English seem so flowery and over elaborate.

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