* Posts by A.N Other

355 posts • joined 3 Dec 2008

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

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Re: contents may vary

Especially if they're sold by Dibbler.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Re: Surely

... don't call me Shirley.

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You can't dust-proof a PC with kitchen-grade plastic food wrap

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Re: cooling

Stick it in the freezer to keep it warm.

Might sound strange, but then said freezer was located in Siberia...

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Mushroom

Lightning strikes are always fun

On one occasion I had to drive all the way up to somewhere near Leeds after a lightning strike took out some kit attached to a weigh bridge at a quarry.

220 miles each way to spend 15 minutes replacing a single board just because the area service engineer was on holiday...

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Mushroom

Back in the day...

When I was doing Tech Support & Installations, clogged filters were a common failure of external HDs in particular.

People thought they could save money by skipping on regular service intervals and filter changes - until it all went kablooey.

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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

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Facepalm

Another one from back in the day...

Terminals in the Company's HQ (connected to the Mainframe in a different location) were always in short supply. Despite the claims from Manglers that "of course I use mine all the time!!" we had our doubts.

So I came in early and disconnected them all at the patch panel, sat back and waited for the support calls to come in. And waited and waited...

Eventually over the course of a couple of days they were re-connected as said Manglers actually tried to use them. Then a few months later, a call came in "I can't logon, come and sort it out now!".

Yup, you've guessed it - one of the terminals we'd disconnected months back that was "used every day".

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Mushroom

Nuclear Accidents can happen..

It's already happened and they've been shipping the waste south in revenge for years.

How else can you explain Irn-Bru?

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Re: Keyboard hell

Back in the day *before* PCs (yes, I am that old) I shared a terminal with heavy smoker.

After he'd used it I would have to turn the keyboard upside-down and bang it to shake out the bits of rollie and beard...

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Equality means equal *enjoyment* for all.

Cosplay... Has anyone ever seen images from these conventions? Lots of women dressing up as their favorite characters from sci-fi/fantasy/manga etc.

And almost all in extremely revealing costumes. Is anyone forcing them to wear these outfits? Nope. They wear them because they want to.

Next time some feminazi bangs on about "explotation", just remind them of the fact that it's not just guys who like seeing characters dressed like that.

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Not all Lesbians are feminsts.

I know a couple who would have been at the front of the crowd at that event making comments that would make most of the guys there blush.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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Pirate

RRS Can I Have a Tow

As I've broken down again...

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She's coming... the Chief Data Officer

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Back in the day...

I remember when IT usually came under the Finance Director. No such thing as a seperate IT Department with its own Director.

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

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Benefits, not Features.

Too right.

I don't care what swanky new feature it has. How does it make my life easier? Does it even make my life easier? If not, then bog off...

And commiserations on the loss of your friend.

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Machismo is ruining the tech industry for all of us. Equally

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Re: equality

Sod that, I want to wear high heels and a mini-skirt!!

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There's a courier here says he's got 50TB of cloud data for you

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Re: At last...

You swine!!!

Now I can't get Olivia Newton John out of my head...

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GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

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But will heads roll?

Yeah, and pigs might fly...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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I have an early box-set of the original trilogy on VHS. No idea which version/cut they are. I might just have to dig out the player from the attic and watch them over christmas.

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Trident test-shot startles West Coast Americans

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Mushroom

Re: If they think that was bad-

Let's just hope the level of secrecy didn't exclude informing the Russians or the Chinese it was a test launch, else it could have been BOOM!!

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Mushroom

Re: No boom today

+1 for the Ivanova quote :)

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

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FAIL

As a Biker

I have severe doubts about the TRRL.

Two reasons: Leg Protectors (aka Knee Cappers) and Airbags for Motorcycles.

I think any biker old enough to have been riding bikes back in the 90s will still have nightmares at the thought of those two monstrosities.

They may have rebranded themselves as the TRL, but even so...

PS There have been rumours about the TRL conducting Road Pricing technology trials for decades.

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Open data not a replacement for FOI - Shadow digital minister

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Re: The trouble with open data...

"TLDR: Never believe the stats you read on the internet. Or in the papers. Or see on the news."

Absolutely agree, 78% of all statistics are made up...

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Mushroom

Re: Start treating the ISS as what it is...

Everything can be sterilised - you just need to nuke it from orbit...

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ARM floats power-sipping Mali-470 GPU for Internet of Things things

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At Last!!!

At long last I can now have my dream wearable - an IoT Connected Spinning Bow Tie, complete with flashing LEDs all controlled from my smart phone!!

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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

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Re: Surely these individuals/groups

They're easy to spot. They look like this:

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=ian+duncan+smith

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Is there a phone number for reporting extremists?

Coz I want to report Theresa May.

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Virtualisation blog 'of interest to Interpol'

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You really should change your name, Gerry. And get rid of that beard.

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Meaningful gesture: Thalmic Labs Myo motion sensing armband

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Just don't scratch your nose...

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

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Re: Didn't work for me :(

That old trick...

More than once I've been following a Police car (on a Motorbike) that's slowed down then sped up in a fairly blatant attempt to either get me to overtake or break the speed limit while following them.

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Massive global cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms

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Re: As usual, nobody's going to change their minds after reading this

Good scientists accept arguments that conradict their postulation, investigate and modify their models accordingly or perform a critique of the argument indicating where and why it is wrong.

What they don't do is cry HERETIC!!!!! as loud as they possibly can...

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Re: Let me be the first to say..

I have noticed that the Beeb etc are very quick to publish articles which appear to confirm global warming, but not so quick (if at all) to publish anything that contradicts it.

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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

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Re: And after

Quantum Physics is so hard, even Quantum Physicists don't understand it!

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Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail

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Re: Am I the only one

A chimpanzee could have done better!

But then you know what they say, "pay peanuts, get monkeys"...

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Architect of UK’s hated Care.data scheme quits NHS, flees from Britain

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Lies, damn lies and job CVs

Did no-one bother to check his employment history or were they, well - just not bothered?

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Just WHO is hiring a 'Cloud Transformation Director' for £162,000? Actually YOU are

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Re: Sign me up

"Ability to recognise a cloud may be an advantage"

I can quote Wordsworth, does that count?

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NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage

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Re: Paperless NHS?

As an ex-blood runner, I can see how the idea of paperless sounds like a good idea. Probably half our calls were to go to some cottage hospital to pick up granny's notes when she's been rushed into A&E and no-one has access to her medical history.

As a S/W Engineer however, all I can say is oy vey!

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Re: Maslow

Team Leading Software Engineers is like herding cats...

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: As I've commented previously

"a big red STOP button...you have to guard against accidental presses"

Yes, but how do you guard against Father Dougal?

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Trollface

Re: @ratfox

"BTW - remembering strong passwords: Isn't that what password managers are for?"

No, that's what post-it notes are for...

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BZZZT! NHS e-Referral system flatlines again

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"unexpected" issues?

You mean they didn't expect anyone to actually use it?!

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Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

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I think it's time to get my Morris Minor back on the road...

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GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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S.M.I.D.S.Y

"Loud pipes save lives"

Bikers have been saying that for years. Looks like cars drivers will be too.

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Re: ME! Oh ME! MeohmeohmeohMEEEE!

"It came to me, my own, my love, myyy preccccccciiiouuuussss "

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Monty....

Why use Beats(tm) Headphones?

Easy - Fashion. Plain and simple. It's nothing more than "Ear Candy", something to wear that they think makes them look good/trendy.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it."

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Somebody please stop the planet...

I want to get off.

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Re: It's fairly common practice.

Yup.

I used to work retail security and it was common to do random spot-checks of staff as they left the premises.

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

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Re: certainly not interested in paying not to listen to that crap.

@sabroni

Muppet.

I can name many artists I like, although I doubt you have heard of them.

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Not interested

Not in the least bit interested in these streaming services as they don't have the music I am interested in. Or more correctly, I'm not interested in listening to the crap they do play and certainly not interested in paying not to listen to that crap.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

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Yup...

As a biker, you develop a "sixth" sense as to the behaviour of other road users very quickly - either that or you become road-kill.

I've had my fair share of accidents over the years (and yes, some were my fault), but I've avoided far more simply by being able to anticipate when that driver in the 4x4 with the "Child on board" sticker is about to do something stupid.

Many of these things will be down to almost imperceptible behaviour, something that will be impossible to encode into the self-driving car simply because as humans, we would find it very hard to describe quite why we knew the muppet was about pull that bonehead move of the day.

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