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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

JimC

Re: So, the EFF gets donations from Google.

The thing is you can find pressure groups.who support anything, no matter how crazy. But most of thrm have zero money and zero influence.

But if you give lots of money to groups that broadly support.your aims the money buys them influence, no matter how kooky they are.

And as pressure groups like having money and influence a percentage of their decision makers are always going to be influenced by a desire to keep the money tap running - not to change beliefs maybe, but in targeting their campaigns.

So the end result is a corrupted system without actually corrupting any individuals very much.

Like inflated executive salaries, its not illegal but it is wrong.

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

JimC

Re: Consulting the users

consult/consultancy /consultant is a very interesting family of words in contemporary business speak.

consultation is of course a process where you ask the users /public what they want, and then ignore it and do what you were going to do anyway.

A consultantcy is an organisation that tells you.what you already knew in a form your executives might listen to.

A consultant is someone who does exactly.what your permanent staff would have done, but gets away before the problems are visible.

But on another topic, the reason BOFH sounds as if its a mole in your own office is because people are people, private sector or public, big company or small, we're all much the same.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

JimC

in this context creosote

Is a Terry Pratchett parody of Croesus.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

JimC

Fine until

Your company goes toes up because all your most talented staff have burned out under incessant pressure.

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JimC

Something else that irritates me about 24 hour email

I've always felt that the biggest advantage of email is that I can write when it suits me, and people can respond when it suits them. So I liked being able to write an email at stupid o clock if it suitse me, knowing it wouldn't disturb Jane or Bill until they turned the PC on. But now I have to start figuring whether I'd be disturbing someone by emailing at a time when I wouldn't consider making a phone call, plus time zones too.

So whereas before I had the choice of voice when it was 24*7 urgent and email when it was next office hours urgent, now I don't, which is crazy.

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Napster cofounder's Jerk.com accused of acting like ... err ... jerks

JimC

Re: The internet distilled

And at the root of it all, pimping for the advertising dollar... We had such utopian visions for the net back then, where did it all go wrong?

(I suspect in thinking it was a free lunch when the ad exec was paying)

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

JimC

Re: The reason COBOL gained a foothold and became ubiqitous?

Well, as we are there (inter alia) to provide a service to managers and beancounters, what on earth is wrong with that. I know the managers and beancounters are suffering from the delusion that they are useful in themselves, rather than simply providing a service to the people who actually create the product, but that doesn't mean we should make the same mistake.

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JimC

Its just another language. Not that big a deal. So I bet that in big cobol using companies astute folks in their 40s who fancy the idea of steady employment until the pension fund is healthy enough, might be saying hey boss, let me work with old Bill until he retires and I'll learn that stuff so we are covered.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

JimC

Re: "Someone must pay a cost".

As there is never any such thing as a free lunch, why should I, who has no interest whatsoever in streaming video, be subsidising those who do want it?

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Calling all Spare Rib veterans: Sisters, don't lose your rights!

JimC

Re: Let me see...

You do have rights as a commentard. They are limited, because we signed an awful lot of them away when we signed up the el reg t&cs, but they nevertheless exist. Of someone wants to compile a book of the wonderful wit and wisdom of FredCommentard across umpteen fora and print it then they can't just do it...

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

JimC

What Monopoly?

I never understood BT to have a real monopoly: I remember those cablecos digging up my road (and crunching my car), and going bust doing it. If you want other companies competing with BT all you need to do is increase the rates so the there's a potential for big profits...

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

JimC

Re: Title is too long.

The code *is* being maintained/documented/ported... What its not is fully understood. I'm all for open source software, but it appears to me to have sweet fa to offer to this problem.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

JimC

Heralds were neat, that's why. Just as long as its got the original bonnet, not the later pseudo-vitesse one.

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London: Hey Amazon, wanna slip your speedy packages down our tubes?

JimC

Re: Except...

And I wonder how much of that reduced cash take is because casual travellers won't use the buses any more because you get ripped off with exaggerated fares or have to deal with some damn card system that you'll only go near twice a year and cannot be bothered with...

I used to catch the bus on to work if I dropped the bike off for servicing, but now I can't be bothered and make other arrangements.

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RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

JimC

Re: Obituary?

Why on earth are you bothering to go AC on a "whinge at a journo" post? I'm sure the reg can work out how you are if they care, and I can't imagine any one else being bothered about your little whine, unless of course there's someone out there wanting to spam people with offers to buy cheese...

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

JimC

Re: Encyclopaedia Britannica/marketeers

Advertisers of any description if you ask me. Putting ourselves in the hands of a profession that is basically about a sort of sanitised deceit was not a smart move.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

JimC

Exactly...

Due to my amazing trust in MS I didn't want to go near the store thing, but that way we are forced into it..

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

JimC

Its the UI changes that kill it for me...

Really need to upgrade my 80ish mother's PC, but no way will she be able to learn a new user interfacr

So right now it looks like the best option might be to keep the old box until it dies and get her an android tablet for web browsing.

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

JimC

Re: Yay!

Personally, as someone very unconvinced bythe IPCC and their AGW posturing, I'd say the opposite. Over time catastrophic natural climate change is inevitable. Happened before, will happen again. But if you've spent all your resources on useless damn windfarms, what are you going to do about it?

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

JimC

It would be nice to think

That the default config disables management access via the WAN port anyway, but I suppose that's too much to hope for.

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Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

JimC

What, pay the creators?

They'll get in trouble with their sponsors if they move away from the principle that content should be provided by the naive exploited who should just be grateful to see their text visible in public...

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Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016

JimC

Quite

Don't they know that big advertising are the only people allowed to make any money, not the people who actually do stuff...

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

JimC

s for that musk stuff

Or the civet cat glands...

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

JimC
Pint

Boys are back...

According to one report I saw they got one of the old team, in his 70s, back in from retirement to help reconfigure an on board tape system to get the extra data. Here's to the team!

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Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

JimC

Re: and FTI Consulting

> Would you undertake thousands of pounds worth or work

Maybe if payment was not "guaranteed first snout in the trough" then the administration could be achieved for many fewer thousands of pounds 'worth' of work...

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JimC

and FTI Consulting

Will end up with the Lions share of the money...

(other insolvency practitioners are available and behave in exactly the same way)

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

JimC
Boffin

Presumably

For balance one needs two studies. This one, clearly demonstrates that the far left considers there's editorial bias in the BBC in one direction, whereas the previous one demonstrated that the far right considered the BBC biased in the other direction. Therefore they've demonstrated that the BBC is providing thoroughly balanced coverage , and all is well in Nephelococcygia.

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Put down the (cod)piece and step away: Artist cuffed after sculpture cockup

JimC

Re: A total over reaction

Well it could be an over-reaction - or or it could be that he's not telling us the whole story as we only have his side of it. I'm not saying that the photos are, shall we say, also an artistic work, but it occurs to me the possibility exists.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

JimC

order of songs ... seems a little daft.

> order of songs they are claiming copyright on. Which seems a little daft.

Why? A book is just a long collection of pre-existing words in a different order. Although I suppose we can expect that any time now the EFF will deliver an amicus curiae brief suggesting that copyright on books is invalid because all the words have been used before, just in a different order and that constitues prior art...

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

JimC

Social Workers not very good at IT Security

Pope not protestant

Bears fail to use public conveniences

Politicians fail to own up to relationships with certain young women

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MIDI daddy Dave Smith: '30 years of version 1.0 shows we got it right'

JimC
Facepalm

eh, what...

Midi will drive a modular setup as well as anything else... Note ons are note ons. Or are you thinking you want some kind of protocol for interfacing multi manufacturers module components? Get real man! Bandwidth alone threw it right out of the window back then, never mind analogue vs digital...

The only thing that maybe might have been better was another byte on the program change, which would have helped the GM limitation

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Guardian teams up with New York Times for future Snowden GCHQ coverage

JimC

Re: "Prior restraint"

> Bush administration/ Obama administration

Which consist, of course, of 90% plus of the same people in the same jobs...

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JimC

Re: damage limitation - Syrian chemical weapons.

I also wonder how easy it is to distinguish a chemical weapons attack from a conventional shell or two landing in a storage warehouse or factory, or even a straightforward industrial accident?!

Imagine if Bhopal had happened on the middle of some sort of military incident..

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'Silent' staff stood by as £100m BBC IT project tanked – DG

JimC
Coat

Re: Management don't want to know ..

Or you get labelled as not having a "can do" attitude. I have yet to understand what the difference between having a can do attitude and being a mindless yes man is...

I got the coat last month...

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Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

JimC
FAIL

If you think through

You'd realise what a nightmare that would be. Everyone resigns: the whole enterprise collapses. Industrial action is a LESS extreme way of resolving disputes like this.

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

JimC
Facepalm

Re: I await the pitch(fork)ed battle...

More a suburban phenomenon I believe. It amazes me they fail to see that of they don't want phone masts near little George's school all they have to do is throw out all their phones and take 'em off their brats too...

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

JimC
Black Helicopters

Option 4

The spooks were actually there doing something completely different. While the Guardianistas were smugly laughing at the stupid GCHQ people, said folk were ... bzzz, crackle

.. No carrier....!

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

JimC

I can see.this getting popular..

Want to do business in our country?

You have to do the data processing here for National security reasons.

Processing data in our country?

You must pay full national taxes on all your sales then. Try claiming you have no local presence now!

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

JimC

Re: More to it than what was stated?

Rather my feeling. I also think they lost their way a whole back, what with all the Google worship too. That created a credibility problem for me.

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US court rules IP address cloaks may break law

JimC

Hang on...

What we have here is effectively a deliberate attempt at deception, verging on fraudulent. It's less than astonishing that its got itself labelled as illegal. Sky does not appear to be falling here...

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Curiosity looks up, spies Martian double-mooning

JimC

So, what do we call this...

Not a lunar eclipse, that involves shadows. I suppose it isn't really an eclipse at all: a conjunction maybe?

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

JimC

To me a more serious issue is

I like to pride myself on individual thought, and not caring what the mass thinks, and yet I find myself tempted to tailor oposts to what I think will get upvotes and avoid downvotes, even though I like to think that a reasonable number of downvotes is a good thing.

It feels to me like a variation of the peer pressure principle: one is motivated to post what one thinks the masses want to hear, and not necessarilly what one believes to be correct. I'm not at all sure that its a healthy trend for society if we all start to try and talk and think exactly the same things. Apart from anything else I thought I'd grown out of that a bit wheen teenage years departed!

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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

JimC
Facepalm

Why using anthropogenic is bad...

The reason why lumping anthropogenic in there is bad is because sooner or later major climate change is a dead certainty: its been happening for all of known history and before. And when it does happen history tells us there are major population migrations, famines, wars, all the rest of it, disruption probably beyond our capability to manage.

But by bunging the anthropogenic label in there its saying, there, there, no need to worry, we'll build a few more windmills and everything will be OK. But it won't be. Because even if there is an anthropogenic component the climate will change anyway and we won't be ready for it, so we'll still get the migrations, famines and wars...

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Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

JimC

Re: Electrocution = DEATH

cue obligatory pTerry reference to dead meat being hung...

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JimC

Re: Intentionally or unintentionally buying fakes?

Oh, they've always been duped into buying a fake when they thought they were buying the real thing in good faith - according to their interviews in the rags... Oh, and they paid full whack for it as well...

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

JimC

they've had one down the road

in Dorking for years - and their's gets assaulted by guerilla knitters...

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

JimC

> carbon fibre isn’t heated up, bent into shape then left to cool.

> Similarly, the carbon fibre isn’t heated up, bent into shape then left to cool. It’s “cured”.

In that particular case that's not what is going on...

The raw material starts as a "cloth" of carbon fibres, sometimes woven, sometimes not. Very basically this is soaked in epoxy resin and formed into shape, then left for the epoxy to go hard or cure - a chemical reaction between two different chemicals.

What you were looking at is more sophisticated than that in that I'm quite sure they'll largely be using "pre-pregs", where the cloth is delivered to the factory in a refrigerator, already soaked (pre-impregnated) in exactly the right amount of resin, and using a resin mix that doesn't significantly cure until it is cooked at high temperatures. Incidentally its also compressed onto the moulds while the glue is going off, conventionally by air pressure (using vacuum pumps), but at this level I wouldn't be surprised if they go even more trick than that.

At the basic level this carbon fibre stuff can be very garden shed - as the main who came across me repairing a bit of my racing boat in the street outside my house (working out of the back of my van) last week would testify - but there are levels and levels as you go onwards and upwards...

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

JimC

Re: Point 3 is wrong

It must be twenty years since I restored an OS. When it comes to metal then you need an OS to be able to restore anything, so why restore the OS on top of a working OS. Disk images for virtuals are another kettle of fish I guess.

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

JimC

Re: Down the tubes we go (again)

I thought we mostly spent it on Social Security rather than the military...

But your basic premise, that a short term bonus will be squandered rather than invested seems right on the mark to me...

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ICANN puts Whois on end-of-life list

JimC

A major monopoly??

Hard to be a major monopoly when every amateur in the world has a digital camera...

Perhaps they're just the only agency left standing, in which case maybe their approach to freeloading thieving bastards is justified...

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