* Posts by Intractable Potsherd

2707 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

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Re: There are valid used for a phone/tablet in a meeting

There is a difficulty here. At one time those details would be on paper and, unless people were somehow hiding books or magazines in the bundle, it was fairly likely that the only thing the person was perusing was material relevant to this meeting (or the next, I suppose). Now, there is no likelihood at all that the person with her/his head on the other side of a computer/phone screen is doing anything relevant to the meeting at all. In my tutorials, I make it a point to wander around the room (when the room allows for it) and see what the students are doing on their computers - and then correlate it with the results later.

On the note-taking aspect, I have found that clearly using my Note with a handwriting program and the pen causes far less suspicion from the group leader than using anything with a keyboard. I still prefer paper and CamScanner though ...

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Re: @Greg J Preece

Why are you at a meeting/presentation so boring that playing with your shiny-shiny is necessary?

If the meeting/presentation is worth your time, put the toys away unless you are on call/have an ongoing genuine emergency situation that can't be directed to someone else, in which case let the chair/presenter know beforehand, and take any calls/emails discretely. Remember that it isn't much more than a decade since people in general had to wait to find things out, and hardly ever were there serious consequences.

If it isn't worth your time, don't go. There are few meetings/presentations that are soooooo vital that your presence is required. If you are so paranoid that you think decisions will be made without you, then pay attention. Poorly attended meetings/presentations send their own message to the people organising them, and things improve (eventually).

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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Re: No War

BRAVO! Well said, Maharg!

Scorchio!!!, Charles9 and others, please take note.

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@Charles 9

Before I accept your challenge, I need you to come up with a plausible-in-the-real-world scenario where "one man can REALLY wreck a country".* That whole idea is so far beyond far-fetched that it doesn't stand scrutiny. However, it does seem to be the basis on which the security agencies are functioning at the moment.

*Without being in government, that is.

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Re: Shit happens

Whilst I agree with your basic thesis that some spying is necessary, I downvoted you for suggesting that anyone that thinks otherwise is a coward.

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Re: No war @Scorchio!!

"Until the next batch of bodies is dragged from the underground, or wherever, people will nay say."

And I, and many others, will still say "Nay". I will not be stampeded into believing in a war that doesn't exist merely because a few people with violence on their minds kill a few people. I will not believe that there is a significant, co-ordinated risk to me, society at large, or the country, from Al Qaida or any other group except short-termist, cowardly career politicians, and the likes of you who wish to give the government the power to do what they will based on nothing concrete.

For dog's sake, man, stop living in fear!

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

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Re: Two for one

Nice Genesis* reference there!

*Pop group, not opening chapter of Ye Olde Booke of Desert Fairie Tayles.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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Re: Throwing screwed up paper into the bin! Basketball style.

I agree. I doubt that any nurses these days would dress one of them up in a scary costume and then put them in a bed with another "specialling" them. At handover, a suitably odd report on the new patient would be given, and then, when the new "specialler" took over, the "patient" would do something ... unusual.

I loved psychiatric nursing!

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Re: Curling

Hospital wards get boring too. Bladder syringes make great water pistols. Bladder syringes and an electric wheelchair make a tank ... :-D

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

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Re: So nobody told this judge that the word 'hacker' has several different meanings?

@DAM: Upvoted for saying "Having skills in the 21st century US brands you a suspicious person."

However, what do you mean by "A liberal paradise"? Are you suggesting that "liberal" means "stupid" or "uneducated"?* If so, what do you base that on?

*Actually, that is a rhetorical question - I've read enough your posts to know that you are very right-wing in your politics, and you think anyone that doesn't agree with you is stupid.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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Re: Diversify

"Mercedes also has a wide range of cars and trucks and their top end sales remain quite strong thanks."

Well, I tend to view Mercedes as a company with too much diversification, and, as such, assume they don't do anything very well. A company that makes (relatively) small hatchbacks (A-Class), a range of saloons that are used as taxis in many countries, executive mile-munchers, luxury models, Chelsea tractors, genuine off-roaders from car size to serious beasts (Unimog), vans, trucks and buses strikes me as jack-of-all-trades, and master of none. I think they may be the only company with such a spread of interests under the same badge, thought there are others with the same impression (Renault, for instance), and I wouldn't buy one of those, either.

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Surface Pro 2: It's TOOL-PROOF and ultimately destined for LANDFILL

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Re: Don't be a shill for ifixit @ AC

Ironic, then, that you come across as a shill for Microsoft ...

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Re: Battery Life

And this is where the problem lies with modern batteries - there is no definitive information on how to look after them. For every person with adequate knowledge saying "charge little and often" there is another saying "charge deep and rarely".

I'll stick with putting my phone on charge every night (from 10-50% discharged to full), and running my laptop with the cable in unless I have to, since no-one can definitively tell me otherwise.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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Just noticed the missing closing bracket. Apologies.

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"The police catch plenty of criminals [citation needed]. It's the lawyers that keep them on the streets [citation needed."

FTFY

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Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

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Re: Blame the originator @ "what you are trying to acheive" AC

As pointed out, you are wrong. You are one of the arseholes that cause these problems - there are much more effective tools designed for multiple inputs that have been around for a long time now.

(The trouble is, you modus operandi is strangely familiar - do you work for a British university?)

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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

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Re: eMail fail

I can't decide if you are trolling or not, so I downvoted you just in case.

Assuming you are serious, what method of communication do you think is better? What method of sending information in the form of files to multiple recipients?

To my mind, there is nothing more efficient than e-mail. It is to the point, ensures all recipients get the same version of a file, and doesn't require the avoidance of needless chat by seeming to be rude - you simply don't respond.

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

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Re: Pull the kill switch

" ... Google would do well to remember this before they end up with as bad a reputation for phone security as Microsoft have/had on Windows PCs."

It didn't exactly stop Windows becoming somewhat successful, though, did it?

(OK, we're not quite comparing like with like - there hasn't been a reasonable option to Windows*, but there are options to using Android.)

*Sorry, FOSS advocates - if they were reasonable options in the minds of purchasers/users, then there would be more being used.

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

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"... and if you can remember what it was like in school, you wouldn't want a phone that was ugly and uncool."

And, just like when I was at school, it is either ugly and uncool or nothing. No negotiation at all.

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Impending Windows XP doom breathes life into flagging PC sales

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Re: @Philip Lewis

As ever, Trevor, excellent replies to needlessly hostile comments. The fact that agree with almost everything you say just makes it better.

You are possibly my favourite contributor to El Re at the moment because of your reasoned defences of your position in the face of some of the sillier commenters.

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Want a licence to print cash? Move to 3D printing

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Soooooo, he doesn't think there is much future in 3D printing?

""At least one of you in this room is going to make more than €1m ..."

Seriously, that isn't a lot of money these days.

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: Traitor

"... they're anti-American elitists."

And that's a bad thing? Or is it now not allowed to say that the current incarnation of America is too powerful, to arrogant, and too stupid to back off?

We need a few million more anti-American elitists, especially in America.

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Re: I can't figure this guy out ...

" ... why would ANY human trust him?"

What's this, jake - a "No True Scotsman" argument? Anyone who would trust Snowden is not a human?

How low are going to stoop in your NSA/GCHQ apologism?

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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Leaving aside the technical terms, thanks for that information, TRT! I have been convinced for some time that my phone's screen is less responsive when plugged in, but couldn't think of a reason. I'd decided I was deluded, but apparently not!

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

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Re: 2 requests

Apple will standardise the power socket, but change the other connectors according to plan. You'll still need to change peripherals every time ...

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Re: While I like the unified charger idea

I've had some disquiet about this for a while. If I had a choice, I'd have another connector, but I'll accept any standardisation at the moment!

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Re: USB: This side up

My phone has the "up" side of the connector as if the screen is facing towards me, my e-reader as if the screen is down, and my camera changes every time I use it ...

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Re: Good news....

What do you mean by "better"? A power socket can't really be improved, except by standardising.

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

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A quick look at Duke2010's previous posts will show that he may not be entirely neutral when it comes to Win8, if you know what I mean ...

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I didn't immediate clock you as being the same AC who had been watching the download. Good luck with that work. I'm going nowhere near Win8, but if you are successful you might be able to help a lot of people.

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Re: No internet for the rest of the month ?

Is Timmay a Matt Bryant sock-puppet? He's certainly as big an arse-hole ...

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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

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Re: Hmmm... not sure where to begin with this... @sundog

"left-wing neo-cons"??????? You do know what the "con" stands for, don't you?

(Clue: it is "conservative".)

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Former Nokia boss Ollila: Stephen Elop was second-choice CEO

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Re: Who is in charge ?

This is a major point - the mistake was always to let carriers dictate what was coming to the market. The manufacturers should have taken note, but not allowed it to be the be-all-and-end-all of their strategy.

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Re: Elop was Second Choice?

I'm glad you put "talent" in inverted commas (well, dumb quotes really). In this context, having no talent for anything seems to be the key talent required.

Seriously, I'm absolutely sure that randomly picking people from the shop floor to act as CEO would be as effective at finding someone who can do the job well. You might even get someone with integrity, and not someone who has shown that they can cheat, lie, and back-stab for a living. It is no coincidence that so many companies that started small and were nurtured to success by the people that were there from the beginning, possibly working their way through the ranks, go tits-up when they bring in a professional chiseller to head things up.

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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Re: TV Makers are Tech Neanderthalers

There is something in the comment about "most interesting thing seen recently" is the remote. Flat screen TVs should have become consumables - easy and cheap to buy and take home (who remembers the weight of a moderately-sized CRT telly?) The manufacturers have failed on the "new feature" mill. If even the manufacturers regard the TV as a piece of furniture and market them like sofas, not gadgets, they are going to keep failing. At the very least, the marketing should be done to try to tempt the gadget geeks to keep buying - what about TV separates, like with audio equipment, for instance?

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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Re: I want one @Ted Treen @ Dave126

" ... the piece of card inside fag*** packets resembled the shuttle from Star trek."

It did - it wasn't your imagination. Had endless hours of fun(?) playing with fag packets at various relatives' houses.

Why was it okay to play with fag packets and not sit quietly reading sci-fi?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Samsung have shot themselves in the foot with SIM region locking, eFuses and warranty policy

I'd missed the coverage of the e-Fuse whilst away on holiday. Definitely game over for me where future Samsung products are concerned. When will companies realise that when I buy something, it is *mine*?

Fuck their arrogance.

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I'll wait and see if the Note 3 is region-locked, like we've recently seen on Samsung flagship phones. If it is, I'm not buying.

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Google refunds two dollars for cop jobs ad on biker website

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Are Australian Hell's Angels different from the UK ones? I've known several chapter members over the years (one of my best friends used to be one, and still looks the part), and the worst they ever seemed to do was ride whilst somewhat over the alcohol limit. Certainly nothing to get draconian non-association orders over.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Re: Steve Jobs - Dead, dead, dead.

Bloody hell - and I thought my taste in music is bad! That is a really cheesy list ...

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Re: Odd. @jake

Don't take this as a dig - it really isn't - but it is long overdue for you to write your autobiography. Your life sounds like it has been good fun!

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Re: Uncontrollable Urge to Pull Steering Wheel Up

So why didn't he put money into making a flying car!!!

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Re: Kiss and tell tramp @ ItsNotMe

"I think a LOT of people already knew this."

We also "knew" about being spied on by our own security forces - it is nice to have confirmation, though.

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

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Re: RE: EasyJet website crashes and burns

Your interests, amateur or professional, do not give you the right to tell others how to refer to things. There is a world of diversity - live in it.

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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

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Re: Did I miss something?

" It's not going to change any time soon. Get used to it."

Sent to this forum by your friends in the intelligence community.

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

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Re: Even assuming the Swedish allegations are false and are dropped...

And believing the women just because they are women is just as bad.

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Google's latest ad push gives LONE LAWMAKER the creeps

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Re: Off by default, perhaps

I just looked - it was on. I haven't done anything to enable it previously, since I think it is an obnoxious idea. It is off now.

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Makes sense, saves time

No, you can go fuck yourself.* This is a good idea, but it should not be mandatory, nor should it be outside the choice of the person calling to give as much or as little information as they wish. Also, as I have said, you might be on your way to me when it is actually my mother 350 miles away that is the call is about.

* You're a copper, aren't you? Other emergency services tend to actually know what "public service" means.

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Re: Good Idea

And if it isn't the police you wanted? Also, with some response times, it could be a couple of days before a PCSO comes out to see what you wanted ...

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Re: I thought they already did

As I pointed out earlier, there are easily considered examples of when you might want to dial 999/112/911 from a location remote from the incident (e.g. elderly relative goes quiet mid-sentence on the phone - I'm about 350 miles from from my mother, for instance). Dumping the information about my location as I call the emergency services to direct them to a place in Yorkshire will only confuse the issue, and lead to a false alarm for my local ambulance service (and I live so close to the ambulance station, they might well be here before I've finished the call!). There does need to be some level of control of the information sent out for operational reasons.

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