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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
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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

How Much?

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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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South Korean convicted for tweeting Pyongyang propaganda

Paul Johnston
Joke

Re: Have I broken the law too?

I was more on about the results of Google Translate being rather mangled!

I used to write MT systems 10 years ago.

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Paul Johnston
Alert

Have I broken the law too?

Below is a translation from Google Translate of a tweet from uriminzokkiri

Paddock's not the boss of corruption rimyeongbak weightlifting yamalro to fill my belly can not do this, paeryun main culprit is: http:// tinyurl.com/anmchw9

Seriously WTF

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Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

Paul Johnston
Pint

Okay but...

No "Edge of Darkness" (Bob Peck not Mel Gibson!)

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How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs

Paul Johnston
Happy

Here we go again!

I left school at 16 and went to work for BP as a marine engineer!

1984 and we were all made redundant, every last one of our years intake.

As someone said it's not personal.

So goes to University gets a degree starts working in IT.

I'm 49 now and if my job goes and there is nothing in sight I will just have to look at something else.

Jobs for life went in the 1970's it's sad but it's a fact of life, just deal with it the best you can.

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Ancient 16m-yr-old beastie caught riding on much bigger flying mount

Paul Johnston
Joke

So

Creatures would do anything to avoid Ryan Air back in those days as well!

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Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

Paul Johnston

Re: Hmmm....

Not conclusive I know but the view from the balloon suggests a very flat country, no sign of mountains or singing nuns so probably Holland not Austria.

P.S. Austrian jumper, Austrian flag?

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

Paul Johnston

Pardon?

Todner said:

We hope that our elected government will uphold the promises they made whilst in opposition ...

That will be a first

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Russian Christians boosted by Pussy Riot law spank 'sinful' Apple logo

Paul Johnston
Go

Re: Apples...

As long as it is only made from one material!

Deuteronomy 22:11

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Paul Johnston
FAIL

Fish

Shouldn't they draw little fishes rather than crosses?

Bill Hicks we miss you!

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Skydiver Baumgartner's 120,000ft spacesuit leap delayed by bad wind

Paul Johnston
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Just hope

Delays are inevitable with something like this but hope if there are several more he isn't tempted to push it just too far.

This will be great when it comes off and he lands safely!

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

Paul Johnston
Joke

Re: its become a bit fashionable to say 'Steve wouldn't let this happen...'

I agree Carol would let the side down a bit compared to the others!

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'Stuff must be FREE, except when it's MINE! Yarr!' - top German pirate

Paul Johnston
Alert

Re: Never heard of this nobody...

By this I take it you mean download it, print it and the then burn that.

Please do not burn any electronic device you download it to, that would be silly!

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Watchdog barks at EU plan to hand asylum-seeker database to cops

Paul Johnston
FAIL

Question

How many of the London Bombers were asylum seekers?

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Apple drones reject American drone-strike tracker app

Paul Johnston
Unhappy

The difference between drones and more conventional strikes

From a "interest point of view" drones are more often targeted against important individuals such as the recent killing of Badruddin Haqqani. Whereas dropping a load of ordnance on a village in the mountains where no one famous gets killed could be part of the reason we don't get apps for that.

P.S. IMHO killing is killing and I feel far more sorry for the poor sod who gets killed whilst just trying to get on with their lives but that is the way the world seems to be, and always probably has been.

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Arctic ice shrinks to ‘smallest in satellite era’ - NASA

Paul Johnston
Happy

Re: Question is, what caused it.

You don't really get that much soot, i.e. solid particles from a marine diesel, when you see them "blowing the tubes" most of the crap comes from the solid particles from a boiler.

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Going viral 9,500 years ago: 'English descended from ancient Turkey'

Paul Johnston

Re: Hittites

Hence Kurds are actually "Mountain Turks".

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Paul Johnston
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Re: Not quite

Er Pictish?

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Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei outs his supreme-self as arty hipster

Paul Johnston
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Great!

We can employ all the old "Kremlinologists" to see who is in and who is out by the relative position of the people in the photos.

Just wait until people start getting photoshopped out a-la Nikolai Yezhov!

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

Paul Johnston
Joke

Re: Sounds like my next gig!

Those CS lecturers never could spell!

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