* Posts by Tom 7

3771 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

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Pearls to swine!

I have had the misfortune to work for Managers who proudly profess they dont need to understand what they are managing, merely manage it properly. I have worked with a senior accountant where I have shown him how to use Newton-Raphson to minimise the cost of a relatively simple process.

Two things will have to happen for BI to catch on properly

1) Those in sales looking at the output will have to learn what it actually means and that will require more than a C at O'Level maths.

2) Managers will have to actually know more about it than those in sales as this will have to be applied to production etc.

Neither is going to happen in my lifetime.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Faecebook have been demanding ....

I lurk in the bowels of t'interwebs as this is quite an easy way of keeping in touch with friends however should they ask for any useful id data from me I shall be buying a lot of raspberrypi zeros and configuring diaspora on them and handing them out to people I wish to communicate with.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Re: @jerky_rs read the documentation

Read the documentation? Love to have time to do that. That also works really well when you stick to the original Unix ideology but having to read 30 odd documents to try and get a clue to why something is failing is too much for most. In fact I can safely say I've spent more time trying to sort out a systemd problem than it has saved me in boot time by a several orders of magnitude.

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Re: It must be niche

ELKS may be updated soon: https://github.com/jbruchon/elks

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Re: Finally!

You should listen to your Nan. When you get to her age you too will squirm with embarrassment at how impetuous and wrong you were as a young turk adopting things that seemed so cool with the blinders of youth.

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Re: Raspberry Pi

The P3 is a 64 bit system but the raspbian for it is currently 32bit. Not sure how much faster/more power it may take running a 64 bit version but I'd guess its could be a bit more than the 32bit and may run a bit warmer simply because the code will be a lot more optimised for the machine. I can get mine up to 70C (assuming I'm looking at the right thing) by doing some very silly maths so a heatsink could be required.

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Choice

you've got to love it. OK!

Will be trying this out on my new laptop - systemd would have been nice 10 years ago but I cant see much need for a system that is ready and waiting while the wlan is still trying to work out a little number.

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Score one for the patent trolls: US appeals court says it's OK to shop for patent-friendly judges

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Looks like someones got a leap on them though:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2084755-computer-generates-all-possible-ideas-to-beat-patent-trolls/

I did similar with copywritten works - a hot cup of tea mapped to a dictionary produces any written work when searched for. Turned out someone had beaten me to it!

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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

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I have just realised I now love the IOT despite its pointlessness.

I just remembered a Bob Monkhouse story of when he was in lodgings during fuel rationing and one of his fellow lodgers had a 2CV and kept going on about how fuel efficient it was (in those days it was very efficient) and for a couple of months Monkhouse crept out at night and poured some of his petrol ration into the guys car until his expounding of its fuel efficiency reached epic levels at which point he reversed the procedure.

I think I am going to enjoy this broken branch of technological evolution.

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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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Re: RIP Hotomi! We hardly knew ye.

I think perhaps the accountant attitude control procedures should be improved too.

I'm assuming the code wasn't tested for financial reasons and not 'this'll be good for a giggle' reasons.

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Please can they name a particle after him

preferably the one that causes Murphys law to do just this sort of thing.

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Re: Half a pound of tupenny rice...

Having had the pleasure of pissing about with these sorts of voltages I can guarantee you it didnt go pop. Think more 'Fucking LOUD bang' which kind of screws up the poem too.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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Cant say I'm sad to see it go

but then I'm part of a generation that had to wrestle with the Intel/MS curse where MS told us programming was easy (when it never was) and then made it bloody near impossible to find out what was wrong with the code as it fucked about in the wrong segment. OK you dont get that nowadays but I'd bet the world would be a much better place if we hadn't had it at all.

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Re: Don't see Intel succeeding at IoTs.

Arduinos are OK but the Pi zero is only £4.20 and is a useable computer with wifi for pretty much less than any arduino development board you need to plug into a computer.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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Re: Politics?

I programmed in C# (and VB.NET) for a few years after it first came out. Apart from the seemingly deliberate attempt to prevent people writing standards compliant HTML without going mad I loved the language/framework as did many others I worked with. I followed mono's development closely for a while but always worried about the ticking time bomb of MS IP lurking in the background. I was never involved in development but after a while I got the impression it was not so much as being developed a bit slowly as pretending to be developed so someone else wouldnt do it.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: 2 years

The trick with breaking the habit is to take the fun out of it. I gave up fags after 35 years before vaping came out by not smoking my favourite brand. I've recommended this to vaping friends who want to stop that too and its generally regarded as helpful. You dont vape the same thing all the time - try less flavoured varieties. Stop making it an habitual pleasure, just do it when you need to kill the hankering.

The vape suppliers want you to be addicted to that. Fuckem.

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

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Marxist-Lenninists to a woman.

You do realise they are actually communist sleepers who are hell bet on fomenting revolution. The idea is to get the proletariat to finally say we have had enough of this shit and rise up and take over the means of managing service industries and focus groups.

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GCC 6.1 hits, uses C++14

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More ARM8 stuff!

Got to see how this will help on the Pi3/Raspbian when it goes 64bit!

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Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

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Re: Hollow Man meets Iron Man

Thanks for the beer. Your teeth are safe - I always work on the principle that when your my size and someone wants a fight its best to treat it as a joke, if that doesnt work standing up has a high success rate. If that doesnt work my next impression is Jessie Owens.

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Hollow Man meets Iron Man

I'm 6'5 and over 20 stone. I'm fucking invisible apparently. Thinking of getting an Iron Man suit just so they make a noise when they hit me which is apparently all my fault.

I used to be an expert on speed reaction games but a city pavement is beyond my ken.

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Redback sinks fangs into Oz builder's todger

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Please take away the pain

but leave the swelling.

As a curled up friend of mine asked a doctor after a motorbike accident left him somewhat enhanced.

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MIT launches campus lunch bug bounty

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Re: It's MIT

They may be good but they're not that good. It takes 45 years to learn to deal with unrealistic bosses and its called retirement.

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

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Re: And exactly what...

One of my old systems managers used to love certification and would have conned the boss into giving him a week in a dark cellar learning MS toilet cleaning if it got him away from actually managing the bloody stuff. He used to get about 6 weeks off training for certification every time a security update arrived. Lucky I was around to do his job when he was there too!

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Re: Distress erase

If I'm being beaten by rubber hoses to force me to reveal my phone's password I'm already past the point of expecting to live in any kind of rational world. If my phones important enough for the hoses to come out I'm not expecting to live after the correct pin has been delivered.

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Can we have an update to the phone OS?

So when pin2 is entered instead of the real pin then it wipes and locks the phone. So under pressure from a terrorist to reveal the information on your phone you can just wipe it. If it inconveniences the FBI at the same time as saving us from terrorists exploiting my phone then that's just tough.

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: What a criminal waste of helium

@Symon At 20km up it could be filled with pretty much anything and it would be empty of it by the time you need to cry "Oh, the humanity". The same goes for Zeppelins - you could easily fill them with H2 and just have some He cushioning around the H2 - its the 21C FFS. The only thing to worry about would is making sure one of these things can go pop and land without knocking my beer over. That is the same for atomic or molecular gas.

And H2 is about half the density of He: Hydrogen (ρH2) = 0.090 kg/m. Helium (ρHe) = 0.178 kg/m.

My only problem with them is fucking up my astronomical observations.

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Re: What a criminal waste of helium

Its at 20km up. Why not use H2. 1/2 the density which means less surface area for the much larger molecule to escape from so it can stay up longer.

Well it could stay up indefinitely if you use a bit of solar power to electrolyse some water captured from the air. You could keep the O2 for emergency supplies for out of control paragliders.

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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We paid AT LEAST...

I guess they dont know how much their cut comes to yet.

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

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Re: Wonder how much Re Wiki

I cant imagine Intel have any input on there, can you?

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: Beard or no beard...

When out on some of my many walks I am accompanied by a jumper. When I get hot I have to wear it around my neck - if the arms were long enough to tie round my waist I would look like a complete and utter twunt while wearing it.

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Re: MISOGNY!

MsOGNY in these PC days I think you'll find.

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Re: Proper sexism

I think Mr Zappa would have cause with that: 'Catholic girls, with a tiny little moustache'.

And largely tiny so as not to offend the insecure patriarch by letting it grow,

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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First the neo-liberals take Ayn Rands childrens books as a good idea

and now Google is using the Adams creation 'The Party' as the way to run a company...

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Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

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Re: Payment for soul

Well they did claim .NET was the answer to DLL hell.

Though I quickly discovered that, after writing a lot of useful stuff, that .NET 2 wiped the earlier version of .NET of the pc you installed it on so you had to re-write all the earlier stuff to get it working again. So I'd just say its Hell2.0

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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From a rough and ready survey of my contacts

I'd say magic watch use lasts about two weeks max with very occasional sunday outings for a bike trip or marathon or other fun run which offers some facility for them in BIG LETTERS.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: I think the origin of Christianity is rather well-known

Christianity originally was a movement of people trying to live better.

A certain Roman emperor realised there was a lot of money in religion and wanted to get his hands on it. All the other religions were pretty well set and organised so he chose one he could easily usurp and commissioned a shit load of PR stuff to be created - this became the New Testament,

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Astroboffin discovers exoplanet by accident ... in 1917

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Re: Discovers?

Given it was about 12 years till fusion was 'discovered' and people started to get a clue about how stars worked it would have been a massive leap of intuition to guess that.

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Re: Hilarious

They may have to rename him to Adriaan van de Dwergplaneet van de Dwergster.

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Re: More information for those interested

100GW - that's a lot of power! You're not going to get that for 100million.

The cost of the lasers may drop but you are going to have to build 30 Hinkley C's at 18 billion a piece and rising.

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In a galaxy shark shark away...

hat for money here...

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Ames boffins mix metals to boost electron velocity

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Many moons ago

( a habit I must get out of) someone made 'thermionic' valves on silicon. Not thermionic as it was purely electrostatic fields around pointy bits that freed the electrons. I can see the above technology leading to some slightly faster (but not as fast as electrons in vacuum) technology but platinum isn't going to get any cheaper so maybe we need to wonder about freeing the little buggers from lattices and crappy crystal structures.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Stallman is a loon

He is a loon - when I first came across his work I thought he was a raving idiot. Time however has proved him right many more times than wrong. The key is not whether the tech is free, open and works, it is whether it will remain free, open and working. And the CDDL dont play that game.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: I'm in mood for collecting downvotes...

I used Chrome for several weeks before returning to FF. There wasn't anything I wanted to do in the browser that couldn't be done in FF/HTML5 that I'd be interested in running in a browser.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Re: Rules needed

But even 1..6 wont prevent a clever device wreaking havoc. I'd go as far as 5 on your list to see if I could find any details that may provide ownership of the device (or increase my porn collection) but I'd not risk re-using it. I've seen what you can do with a Pi Zero and you can get USB sticks with a lot more potential than that!

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Re: I'll plug one in...

I'd add the proviso of sticking it in an attached USB hub so it cant directly fry your machine.

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Re: Not one of these 5-eyed spook cunts...

"keeping the results secret from British industry." you dick they're the ones they're spying on!

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Re: Ethics - thermite

I remember a relative in the US removing a concrete doorstep with dynamite obtained easily from a local hardware store when I was over there as a kid. From some shit I've been watching on TV it doesnt seem hard to get hold of the stuff there nowadays.

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Re: Last time i checked - pricey bude

Yeh - who'd want to live by the sea in Bude where you can get a 5 bedroom house for the same price as a 3 bed in Cheltenham. And I bet the beer is 3/4 the price in Bude too.

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Re: Appalling!

No - quite good compared to say a Bic but too much invested in style and not function. Back in the days of fountain pens I had a mate who would hand-carve you the bit you hold in your fingers, after watching you write and taking a plasticine impression of your fingers, from ebony wood.

Now that was a pen to write with. Looked good too. Just as computer printers appeared...

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Re: Not before time!

A single PDF what you rote! And didnt get paid for and was peer reviewed by someone(s) who didnt get paid.

A lot of the journals are collecting statistically relevant urine samples and pouring them down our backs.

They realised soon after the early growth of the web there only survival mechanisms were good journalism (which they'd have to pay for) or virtual monopoly. I do hope we can break that monopoly down.

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