* Posts by Hollerith 1

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Re: Seeking Contestants To Join In The Fun!

I think 'name and shame' aren't working, because we get these stories all the time.

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Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline

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It got this far...

...because we have had property lawyers for at least 1000 years. Being able to control what you own was just as important for medieval craftsmen and traders caravanning their merchandise over long distances as it is now. Property laws, and the people who can defend them, arose because they were needed. Do you think the early lawyers invented a profession and then hung around the marketplace touting their wares? I don't get the downer on lawyers. I have always got excellent advice and service and I don't mind paying for what I need.

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Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons

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I hope this experiment succeeds

It will be great if this turns out to work, both for Sri Lanka and for every country without the infrastructure to support coverage. But it does make the country using them vulnerable to, say. drone attacks to the balloons as well as to weather.

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US spied on Japanese PM Abe, Mitsubishi, and so much more

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Ha ha ha ha ha

"It's unclear whether or not the spying remains ongoing"

Whatcha think? Could it be??!!??

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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You owe me a keyboard...

...because this one's ruined by drool now. I salute the awesomeness of my fellow Canadians.

A repy to Me19713: not every organisation can run to water-cooled stuff. As long as I could site this down the hall, I would take fans over water, beause simpler, as long as they do the job.

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

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Re: "tactics like denying content to users with DNT turned on"

I occasionally hit a site where Ghostery and the other minions guarding me from ads leaves my screen empty. I just leave. Nothing is unique and nothign is so earth-shattering that I will recall my minions in order to read it.

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Re: Hah!

And it was spoken by the Chief Trust Officer.

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Sue us for Safari ad tracking? You'll be lucky, peons, cackles Google

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They don't deny they did it

They don't deny wrongdoing, or doing something they said they couldn't do, they just throw up a lot of dust to say 'this isn't the right court'.

Not that I thought highly of Google before.

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Pope loses grip on Antarctica: Clergy withdraw from austral landmass

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There's still a Russian Orthodox church there.

A lovely wooden one, right by the Cholean base. Have visited.

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LinkedIn ices over bountiful executive phishing spot

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Re: about

I am not a fan of LinkedIn, but reluctantly am on it because prospective employers want the comfort of the crowd. I have myself gained nothing from it, but if they want to go see that I have links with many nice and interesting (and obliging) people, then go ahead. Don't risk a thing on just talking to me and checking my references.

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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Had an encounter like that at Sainsburys

Chap could not control his trolley. Must have bashed me at the end of every aisle. I started to feel hunted.

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Re: Hoist the sails me lads!

Set our course to the first star past morning!

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Re: Eny fule kno

Oh gawd yes. I can't remember at what point I finally threw in the towel.

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Re: I, for one, welcome...

...our teeny tiny lizard overlords.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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I love how easy it is

"Hi, I am Brian Honestcop from the NSA, and I am contacting you about a security breach that has just come to my attention. I will need all your usernames, passwords, mobile numbers and home addresses in order to counter-check against the information that has come through to me.

"While I have you on the phone, my mother, a Nigerian princess, recently died. I would not only welcome your prayers, but also your assistance to transfer my inheritance..."

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Re: Hyperbole

hi-per-bo-le, as it is Greek. If pronounced the greek way, no syllable is inflected, but we English-speakers normally say hi-PER-bo-lee.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: CAN bus? Do. Not. Want.

Yay for my trusty 2004 Ford Focus. Cheap, reliable, unconnected. What's not to like?

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

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Not surprising

Aberdovey being a well-known sinkhole of depravity and global corruption. Have always avoided.

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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Tierra del Fuegans

There are no more original Tierra del Fuego peoples any more. What did for them is the diseases brought by the missionaries in the mid 1800s, although this simply wiped out any who weren't left standing. I asked my Argentinian guide what he thought about this, and he said the history of the world was one group driving another into extinction. The slightly better step was to merge with the 'conquering' group. Or you could have protracted wars. He also reminded me that this process has not stopped, and wondered if we would see the end of the Palestinians and the Uighurs in this century.

Given that he was half native South American (from Patagonia), I thought he was pretty pragmatic.

So the "Y" first Americans: forced into extinction (or as close as dammit: being driven into the depths of the Amazon), merged with the second wave9s), or died fighting? We'll never fully know, but I await the next info from the genetic evidence.

This stuff is so awesomely interesting. Everything is more complicated than we can believe.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Re: Statistics, Numbers and headlines

Aside from its Childline, what does he NSPCC do except run expensive campaigns reminding us that children and neglected and abused all over the UK in unacceptable numbers (the acceptable number being, of course, zero)? It really is time they were more active, but they don't seem to involve themselves in actual cases of neglect and abuse in any way. Or have I missed something important? If so, I apologise.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Re: Just like the UK gov?

Once you move to Libre or Open, you can't go back to Microsoft, because Microsoft no comprendo, on purpose, of course. I keep a dusty old version of Word, Excel etc to be able to deal with clients using this, but I use open source for the rest and my goodness it is a joy. It took a few days of getting used to it (many years ago) and now I find Word etc clunky and odd.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Self-built drones and quads?

I can see that it would be straightforward to require a licence to buy a fully-built drone or quad, and to have every one of them fitted with some sort of RFID or similar (would need greater distance) identifying it and thus its owner, but you will get DIY types building their own and flying them and relishing that "The Man" can't stop them. All you can do there is have serious punishment for them if caught -- if they are caught. I could see some lumpen basement-dweller bringing down a passenger plane, threatening his Mum upstairs not to breathe a word, and quietly going about his business, undetected.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Re: Scotland?

Dear Mr or Ms Grinder, no actually, I am not one of those who validates by personhood by my vehicle. I would actually love a car that drives itself, as then I could read on the journey. But tested a driverless vehicle on American-style roads is not setting a big enough challenge. I have known excellent American drivers go white when driving through a quaint Cotswold town or, indeed, Scotland. When I see a Google car zipping safely around Rome, I will happily climb aboard.

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Scotland?

I don't see a version of a one-lane country road with the occasional laybys and small herds of sheep wandering slowly across. Nor the historic town centre with a bloody great half-timbered building that turns two lanes into half a lane with a pelican crossing at each end. And where is the unbelievably tight parking areas where a Chelsea Tractor and a Smart Car have managed to eliminate two other possible parking areas? When the driverless car can handle all of those (and Parisian taxi drivers), then I will gladly hop into one.

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Find someone else to untangle your comms

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Fine if you're scattered geographically...

I can see that this is brilliant if you and your colleagues are all over the place, but most people work in offices and really can stand up in open plan can talk with someone kittycorner from then, or pop their heads round the door, and so on. Managers don't like to see heads down over phones, they like to see faces aimed at computer screens, i.e. (aparently) working. Since you need a savvy IT team and the cash to set up this united form of comms, it won't be easy convincing managers that the effort and money are worth it when they can just send a 'to All' email.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: do people actually still do that?

Karajan's Ring cycles? Are you sure ytou want that?

But yes, I get the CD when I can, so I can makelovely, lovely .flacs from the tracks. I don't want my Bach on .mp3.

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Re: whatever happened to

Parliament might pass better laws if it did seek approval from Johnny Foreigner in Europe,. At least over this. As it is, they are neither the capitalist's friend nor the socialist's, but merely the bureaucrat's.

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IT as a profit centre: Could we? Should we?

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Re: In the right business

I notice that fewer and fewer of an HR team in any organisation actually helps with, say, new joiners or those leaving or issues around holidays and pensions. There are stacks of them doing...what? One place I was at had in-house training (i.e. bought in my HR, who scheduled it), but that was so much work that they outscourced the lot, and eventually made it everyone's personal task to go find their own training. All those 'training managers' are still at desks. Doing what??? One of the great mysteries of the modern age.

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Re: Did El Reg get bought by Murdoch?

Progressive agenda. 'Progressives' tend to believe a consensus by scientists. 'Progressives' tend to believe all people should have equal rights. What are they: insane, evil, or just to be pitied for the fools they are?

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Re: No

Mr Axe, no government (except perhaps the Danish one) has done anything of significance at all to address climate change. I do not mean just China and India, I mean USA and Canada and Brasil and Mexico and France and so on. I see no evidence that any country's carbon footprint is being reduced in any meaningful way.

The artic ice cover is one of many indications of climate change. Every time a country or an area has a good summer or a fiendishly cold winter, it and it alone is pointed to as All the Proof You Need for whatever side you are on. The scientific opinion is based on the aggregate.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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Re: Fuck this...

I agree -- if you have the time (and you can usually find it), and you don't go for an ultra-fancy cabin, you can spend four days going across the Atlantic in style and disembark refreshed after this little holiday. I like flying, but I love ships.

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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Re: Experience

This was also my experience. I was one of the expensive agency staff and was clearly going to have a job for life, but finally I realised that more and more was being given to me as they took out permanent skilled staff and replaced them with some sort of manager. I had to answer to every one of those managers on the 'projects' (aka BAU disguised for budgetary purposes), and very few could articulate what they wanted, by when, and for whom. Finally I said goodbye, and either some other agency monkey has replaced me, or a manager is sitting in my chair.

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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Re: 90m tons would be ...

Do the reverse of the little nudging rockets proposed to divert in-coming, earth-aimed asteroids: just get one or two to deflect it to a tighter orbit and slowly reel it in, perhaps with another nudger or two. You would have to wait a few years while it circled in and you could finally get it in orbit around earth. The big fun would be cracking it open to scoop out the platinumy goodness within.

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Need to build apps for the cloud?

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Is this sponsored content?

Or merely a very lightly tweaked press release?

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Loan application data hacked, company responds: Meh, not our customers

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It'll work

AFC Kredieten is, as it were, Paris Hilton: what others would think is a hugely shaming and distressing calamity (in Ms Hilton's case, that video), AFC merely have to take with a shrug and a 'so what?' The evil consequences will be, what, exactly? Their current clients, who owe them only, can't desert them, and people will forget the kerfuffle in a few years. The hackers make money off of other companies' mediocre security and shame: these companies pay for silence. But if you have no shame, the hackers have gone to a lot of trouble for nothing. Lesson: try to target companies with mediocre security who still have shame. But if AFC reap no badness, you can bet shame will be evaporating from corporate minds like dew in the desert.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Erm...

Wrong Neil. Perhaps you were flying Mother Nature's silver seed?

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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PaleMoon sometimes

I use PaleMoon, but I find that sometimes i have to switch back to Firefox because it gets 'stuck' on some sites (e.g. banking sites) and has occasional other hiccups. But the add-ons I want are there for the having and I didn't have to wrestle with it to stop it doing things I hated, which I have to do in Firefox.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Londoninium

No, there was no town or even real settlement on the site of the City of London. The marshier south bank (around Borough) was settled before the Romans by bands of fishers and those who harvested the goodnesies in the shallow waters. So far, nothing has been found within the City of London to suggest anything permanent pre-Roman. Further up the river, yes, and obviously in places here and there in the Thames valley, but the Roman/medieval city is centred on the Walbrook, a short stream that arises in what was a boggy area monorth of Moorgate --a stream too short to take you anywhere interesting, unless you like boggy areas. So Londinium was a New Town. Ah, those upstarts, so artificial, so over-planned...

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Have you seen them IRL?

From the water, the towers are beautiful and strong and say something about the practical intelligence of humans. I was moved by them.

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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Re: Embarassed Obama

It's not Obama --although I know he signed the Exec Orders -- but any president of the USA. No matter what you say before you get ihnto the White House, you defend the throne with all the powers you have and can summon once you are there.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: "...mockery..."

Canada is sliced up into many provinces, Australia into few states. Driving north-south in, say, Alberta will take about three days (assuming there were roads).

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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Re: Meh

Camilla, when you are tired of Verity, please contact me. I have everything she has except the GSOH.

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Emergency-service comms omnishambles worsens as HP dives for the door

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Re: What I want to know is

Sorry, I was in the queue before you.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Are you ready? Probably not.

Yes, because most people just want to do what they've been doing and not face another %!@#&$ learning curve AGAIN.

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Re: Are you ready? Probably not.

I just left my beloved XP box for a Windows 7 box at home and am already installing 'classic' versions. I look at the way the new stuff works and, if it's not an improvement, I find a way to go back to the old stuff. I know I am a fossil...

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Uber to drivers: You make a ton of dosh for us – but that doesn't make you employees

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Not that this will make using Uber safer

Reading about an Uber driver who hit a pedestrian (not sure it was his fault), the passengers got out to help, and the driver was expected to shoulder all the insurance claims himself --and it turns out he was driving a rented car. How will be being classed as an employee actually help the drivers or the passengers? And why is it that all these fantastic new 'horizontal' business ideas (AirBnB being another) make the owners jaw-droppingly rich, while the workers get worked over? O brave new world...

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US OPM boss quits after hackers stole chapter and verse on 21.5m Americans' lives

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Re: error in title...

And why would she want to? Given that the neglect has been systemic for more than the two years of her tenure, there's no reason for her to keep on being broiled alive.

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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Re: Well done!

Oh noes! There's the missus sunbathing topless!

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: Well, allright

Where can I buy a ticket? A suitcase of cheese sandwiches and I am there!

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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yes, yours

and I say that with love, Mr Schm0e.

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