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* Posts by Tom 7

2781 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Australia ponders 160,000-seat ERP possibilities

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Re: Demystifying consultant-speak

No - did you see the budgets? SAP would be two orders of magnitude higher.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: punch card?

The thing about a punch card system it the worker has the data immediately available at their fingertips for checking. I've been questioned about my presence in a server room when I was on holiday with my access card - I would have been fired otherwise.

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Re: 300 to strike but only 103 voted

By the standards of a UK government that's a landslide.

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Try getting back to work yourself Oli 1

or are you a government paid shill?

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Paypal not sure if its bargepole is long enough for crowdfunding

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Damn! That buggered up my plan for a

crowd-sourced alternative to paypal!

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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Faeces recognition next?

No shit!

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Scientists demo light-controlled semiconductor

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An old effect in a new material.

Having cut my teeth on chip design assisting with a silicon chip that functioned perfectly until you put a lid on it and shut the light out I dont think this is new - just in a different material. Its interesting science but I cant see a use for it that is not already available and probably cheaper.

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

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I'd be careful with that

it might go off in your hand!

And it adds a new meaning to 'shake down'.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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Well break out the popcorn - turns out the jury forman is MS subsidised

http://www.washington.edu/alumni/columns/sept96/king4.html

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US military: 'Help us build the ROBO-WARFIGHTER OF THE FUTURE'

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Re: More stupid, probably flawed, warfare gadgets

When will the fuckwits get it into their heads that having a military advantage over someone makes them feel threatened. You may think that by having an advantage makes you safer but it doesn't - it just makes you the target. If the US were to actually get close to being able to truly defend itself against all attacks the world would have to attack it because we know it would attack us at some time and we would have to get our retaliation in first or not at all.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Pre 1986?

So they could have a Leo and do most of the things that companies with hundreds of modern PC's a million times more powerful contract out to others!

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Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)

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Re: Why So Thin?

It so thin so they can sell you something to raise it off the desk to help avoid RSI.

Or maybe they have an RSI treatment patent.

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UK investor throws £14.8m at firm that makes UNFORGEABLE 2-cent labels

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Re: Readers at $2 ??

I'm not sure even a drunk jury would find 'could be' legally binding.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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The only improved coverage this will encourage

is finer and smoother foundation from some mockboratory somewhere for the orange people.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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The headmaster reminds me of the customs prat

in one of Milligans books who tries to get some revenue off a Scot for bringing a bottle of whisky back from the war. To avoid having to pay the man shares it about and drinks the rest. The customs prat calls the MP's over to arrest him. 'Why?' 'He's drunk' 'No he's not' <apoplexy> 'He will be! He will be!' </apoplexy>

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Re: Anarchist?

course he does adverts for butter - he's trying to get the gullible sheep to all have coronaries prior to the anarchist uprising.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

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Linux up 38%

Seems to have set the phones going - I think my linux 'support' income will be up more than 38%.

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Confirmed by cockup: New iPhones will be named 5S and 5C

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oh go on then

when are 5U an 5K coming out?

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Fancy some BEER ON TOAST? Italy invents spreadable booze

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Re: SWEET!!

have to correct you there - had a pint of Jollyboat breweries Grenville's Renown yesterday. Sweet and really lovely. So I had another.

And what are you doing sticking joss-sticks in you ale?

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Re: (made on premises)

thats cruel that is - making them Galloways dress up for you!

Mind you they do taste good with a pint of my special steak and ale homebrew and some pastry.

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Chips meet my urine

urine meet my chips.

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

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Re: So if the autodestruct doesn't happen.

That's a bullet and its going a lot slower than the scramjet aims to. If it hits at anything like the aimed for speed it will be hitting at above the speed of sound in water I would expect something not solid to cope well with that.

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Re: Why go to Norway ?

Trying to get MS to buy them up?

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I look forward to when its the other way round

and a scramjet is used to launch a rocket.

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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Interesting idea.

While trying to get the energy from a lunar solar array back to earth is a complete nightmare the idea of manufacturing solar panels on the moon is interesting. No need for vacuum pumps! Might be worth investigating. Then some of the panels could be returned to earth and others used to power a moon railgun and a fuck off laser that can be used to power missions to Mars and Beyoooooond.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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If I copy the playlist from Menstrual of Sound

and plug it in to spotify they still dont get any money from me. It might be their IP but what's the cost of a cut and paste?

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Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

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I do hope D.E Knuth doesnt try this

It is a little worrying that you cant have an app like this because someone wrote it in a book first.

I somehow doubt the authors of the book wrote it completely off their own backs - they have taken standard best practices used across the world and written them down but I doubt if they can be said to own them in any real sense of the word.

There may be a technical breach of copyright but then there is fair use and its not like the original authors tried to patent the methods.

The authors should put out a free app for android.

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

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Re: Rolling diameter

And if they could make it inflatable so there is a bit of 'feelback'. If you are touchtyping a flat surface soon goes out of registration!

I wonder if the bald bloke in front of me on the bus would mind if I typed on his head?

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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Re: That's nice then

Interesting to see the effect of the meteor lasted for a thousand years*. I'm not saying that an impact couldn’t have pushed the climate over the edge but as the extinctions started long before this event I think Occam's razor should apply: the simplest solution is normally the answer: man with weapons of wood stone, and more importantly fire!

*volcanoes can pump a lot or sulphur aerosols into the high atmosphere causing cooling that last a few years but a couple of dozen meteorites the size that created the Corossal crater made of sulphur wouldn’t provide enough to match Mt Pinatubo in 1991.

Mind you it is foggy outside...

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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4 damp cores

but I guess the silver wrapper might keep the NSA away.

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Tory think tank: Hey, civil servants! Work with startups to save £70bn

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I too has been a civil servant

and some of the people were workshy or jobsworths. Most weren't but you can see how soul destroying it is when you have to do a public tender to to wipe your own arse.

I think you'll probably find that the pointless micromanagement is required by the laws of the land, and the fact that if you dont specifically say exactly what you want the businesses you are forced to contract out to will take the piss on principle.

Got a contract to build 10 computers for the council? "Here's our bill for the computer pay now." "But they are only the housing for 10 computers." "Yes it says in the contract 3 hundred K to build 10 computers not finish building 10 computers - that would be a separate contract, now which court do you want to piss your taxpayers money away in trying to fight the contract written by the lawyers* who used to work for you but now work for us cos when they spotted the 'mistake' in the contract we bought them before they could change it"

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: Spare two bob for a cup o' tea, guv'nor?

That's revenues - not profits. Given that it was profitable on 28 billion euro in 2010 I'd guess we're talking annual losses of $5Billion now.

MS wanted the longterm patenting agreements with Qualcomm - I guess they know they wont make any money out of selling phones but hope to easily get their money back by screwing little android producers and harassing the bigger ones in the US courts.

Or they could have just lost it completely and are clutching at any straw to make it look like they are in the game still.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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reliable

mines about 8 years old - does what I want with a phone and I can loose it with impunity which is probably what I've still got it.

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

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Re: Should music be free? Industries work to protect their business model.

Its a shame the customer and producers get screwed in the process.

Fortunately, as has almost always been the case, the best music is by unsigned musicians - but now we can access this for cost plus a little profit for the musicians. I've just got a cd, a bunch of mp3s that constitute the said cd and a t shirt for £15.

I've no problem with the BPI protecting their business model - so long as they dont fuck up others who choose not to play their stupid games then capitalism will do the right thing and send them to the wall and a new more efficient replacement will be in place.

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Baffled boffins 'closer' to finding origins of extragalactic COSMIC RAYS

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How many eV does it take

to cook one strand of linguine?

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Looking at the page, and the linked calculator chip*

I would recommend this to any programmer or would be programmer as to what you can do with

old hardware and some motivation.

And the simulation engine shows you can do an IDE in the browser.

*(http://righto.com/ti)

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Re: Still got mine

I'll give you 99p for it. Since I found out my still working MK14 would fetch £600 on ebay!

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Foursquare gets pushy with fandroids, touchy Windows 8 bods

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I might like to try that

if I'd taken some toxic hallucinogens or had someone else's phone in my hand and they'd just killed my dog.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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Re: wonder what kind of systems

When I worked at Martlesam Heath there was a whole floor dedicated to .... well who knows?

Actually it was easy to find out when they used our line printer for their top secret security manual.

Security is easy to implement - you just shoot all the managers who want everything done now rather than securely. Fortunately that's all of them.

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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

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Sir Runcible

I think you'll find that most of the million that marched on London weren’t buying unnecessary petrol and only basic food stuffs anyway - didn’t see a lot of champers let alone the decent stuff out there. And a month off work would result in no job. If voting with your wallet worked they would make it illegal.

The only way to make your feelings known in a capitalist society is to be one - or have as much money as one and the lack of belief in democracy to abuse it...

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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and twenty two thousand clicks to change it to whatever

you feel it is necessary for at the time - using the screen! iChoice is not what people really want.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Re: Another approach

I keep them going as long as possible if I have some time to spare. I try and give them just as much info as possible to keep them going and 'wandering around trying to find the appropriate paperwork' can be good fun. Ask for their names again and again and act like a dumb customer and you can keep them going for a long long time.

I've even wondered if I should get on of my old windows (nt 3.51 or 95 )running in a VM so I can take the mallware boys through that and let them poison it before wiping it - I did that when fixing a friends machine and had them on the line for over an hour before they sussed me.

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HMRC nabs 5 after £500k 'cyber attack' on tax systems

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Re: Those advanced HMRC systems

That's the lowest bidder on the "Approved List" so the tea dispensing person at that company will cost the taxpayer more than this scam would have.. per hour.

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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They get telly AND escorts in prison now?

I'm going to have to write to the Daily Mail about this!

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

Try starting a business and you'll see why growing cannabis is illegal - its so sodding easy that you dont have to pay management consultants, just pizza delivery people. Unless you earn enough to bribe politicians then you will have your pips squeezed at every opportunity.

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

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Re: Sorry, I just saw "bare Lara Croft"

I hadn't seen that - can we call it tissuenium now please?

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: People may dislike Windows 8...

Maybe they have installed linux - so their old box is working better??

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

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Re: Drifting slightly OT ...

ISTR that 4096dpi at arms length was sort of a guide for visual resolution before the advertising merchant bastardised the term.

You arms may be more or less than a linguine though...

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Re: Kindle Refresh? A3 format?

So Rolf Harris could use it for painting and as a woggle board at the same time?

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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Re: its already here...

"I think what we need to do is redesign software and get back to the days of 1000 lines of hand crafted assembler to replace 10,000 lines of C++ :-)"

There was someone who managed to tidy up w95 so it fitted in 1MB. Its not that C++ is bloated its that software engineers write the nearly same bits again and again and again. There is a good case for training software engineers properly - i.e. not letting them write code until they are 35 or so and have learned Knuth and Boost by heart and can break down almost any task they are given into efficient blocks of it without thinking.

And I'd try a different OS or PC shop - my machines are still getting a lot faster. Well not my Pi obviously...

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