* Posts by Steve Davies 3

3318 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Re: Buy stock in bullshit makers Now!

Ok, trying to be serious for a monent (yes I know it hurts some around here)

1) Every house has PV cells on the roof. Especially new builds and all housing Assoc properties. Quite why new builds don't have them already is beyond me.

2) Every house has storage batteries (think cheap Tesla Power Wall).

3) Where appropriate Ground source heat pumps can be used to heat/cool the house.

Then the batteries can charge during the daytime either from the PV or the mains. Then when it is dark the house can be powered off the battery. so if there are 'Brown Outs' homes can continue watching Corrie/EastEnders. That will keep the masses happy.

It can be done using current tech if you have the will. Yes it costs a lot at the moment but look at the size of the battery factory that Elon Musk is building near Reno, Nevada. That alone in its current form will produce 50GW of storage a year. Not all of that will go in Tesla's.

If you go to Brazil, even very poor homes in the shanty towns have PV cells on the roof. Yes they are small but they allow the family to have light at night. all it takes is the will.

I fully expect this to attract a fistful of downvotes. If you do please take the trouble to explain why. Then perhaps we can learn from your great wisdom.

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Buy stock in bullshit makers Now!

Well, that's about all this puff piece contained.

Oh silly me. Bullshit gives off huge amounts of greenhouse gases. That will be banned under Pres Trump. Only he will be allowed to speak total crap.

That will be enough to raise global temps by 2C on its own.

{Sarcasm intended}

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Re: How intrusive!

Click is broadcast on World Service. AFAIK, you don't need a license for that coz the UK Gov pays for most of it out of the Foreign Office budget (or some other namelss dept).

Youcan get it outside of the UK no problem so why not inside?

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BlackBerry's licensing strategy looks smart – and a lot like Nokia's

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how long befor BB become

a NPE (a.k.a Patent Troll)?

Filing Lawsuits is the only game in town for the new 'suits' who seem to be in control of a lot of companies these days. Naturally, they are either MBA's or Lawyers with a huge school debt to pay off.

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Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition

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Marissa, the new Meg?

Seems to be following the same pattern. Decimate the company and get rich.

Nice work if you can get it?

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Crashed and alone in a remote location: When paid help is no help

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The Server CPU Swap game

There we were working away in Central Asia when one of the Two servers died. We found that it was a CPU board failure. The nearest one was in Moscow (3 time zones away). After several long phone calls we dispatched one of the client team to the Airport. He caught a flight to Moscow where he was met by the Field Service Manager. A CPU Board swap took place in Sheremetevo Airport and the return flight was duly caught. The Local went because he didn't need a visa to enter Russia. Us westerners woul dhave needed one. The airfare at the time for locals was 1/4 of that of us rich westerners.

A little under 10 hours after the crash the System was up and running again.

The IT director took us out to dinner for fixing the system in the way we did.

This was in the Mid 1990's. Those were the days.

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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

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All it will take is one big company

to upsticks and the rest will follow like sheep.

What the BREXITeers failed to mention is that London (and mostly the city) pays a very high percentage of all Tax to the Government. This indirectly subsidises the rest of the country.

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White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

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Re: Charger hogs

When I plug my Outlander into the charger at home it tells me that it is 100% charged. A Green LED starts flashing. The Smartphone App also tells me the charge level.

I've never tried to use a charger away from home/or the supplied charger so I'm not one of the guilty Outlander Drivers you see. TBH, the only chargers near me that I could use are at Morrisons and you get hit with a £75 fine it you are parked there more than 3 hours between 07:00-18:00.

Care to share where these chargers (that are always in use) are?

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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

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What's the point?

This will cost an 1) An Arm, 2) A leg, 3) A kidney and 4) the lives of your unborn children.

When(or if) it gets to a price that people other than Donald 'The Wall' Trump can afford please let us know.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Upgrade to Windows 10

I don't care if it is free or if MS actually pays me to run it, it is IMHO a POSS (piece of Spyware Shit).

It aint gonna run on any of my kit even in a VM.

If fact MS should pay us for all that lovely data they are slurping from us.

It is just not worth the trouble and the angst.

I can't help feeling that thier 'we are going to do the update when we feel like it' idocy will ruin a good few multi Billion $$ sales pitches before MS gets told at the CEO level to fix their shite.

For the rest of us?

Not worth the trouble.

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Re: What should have been written in this article.

another reason NOT to upgrade

You want me to pay extra for Solitaire? Are you effing mad.

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

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Re: Wrong question ...

and the big consultancies will always bring someone in from India and pay them less that 1/3rd what they'd have to pay a Brit IR35 or no IR35.

Never mind the quality, feel the extra profit.

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Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

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Re: Stages of grief

Like Trump stating that the day after he becomes Commande in Chief, all crime and violence in the USA will stop.

Really? Are you sure about that?

As for BREXITitious, the diagnosis has been made but the implications of losing an arm and a leg still have not sunk in for many. ergo, we are still on the downward slope. Until we start to see the crappiness of the deal offered by Brussels - Free movement of Labour or 100% tarrifs[1]? What is it to be? we won't hit rock bottom.

[1] It might not be that bad depending who we are negociating with. It is is a german then they will be more pragmatic. If it is a frenchman they'll want to stick it to us just because they can.

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Fear not, humanity – Saint Elon has finished part two of his world-saving 'master plan'

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Re: "SARDINE-O-TRON!"

you mean travelling on 'The Drain' at 08:30 on a Wet monday morning?

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Re: Reaching

Already have the panels on the roof charging the car.

What I can't do is afford the Tesla Premium. Just go see what their PowerWall costs. There are plenty of alternatives at half the price (or less).

apart from the Model 3 which hasn't shipped one unit yet, all the Tesla cars are stupidly expensive. Ok, think of the 'early adopter' premium but even so, it is just silly.

Then there is the price of replacement batteries. WTF? add a few choice swearwords and the price of a replacement battery is still in £££stupid level. My EV has replacement cells at around £50 each not thousands.

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Google and Point of presence

is a right royal pain in the but.

Haven't the wizzards at the chocolate factory heard on Mobile Data? You know, you move around and use the services people like Google supply.

One day I could be in London. later that same day I could be in Los Angeles or in Kirkwall.

Any service that enforces this sort of geo-locking is really crap (just my humble opinion and not worth the effort it has taken to write this post). Their systems should be designed to cater for this.

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Re: Telephone exchanges

Exchanges didn't suffer power outages for the following reasons

1) Everything was DC powered

2) There were sodding great Batteries in the Exchange that kept everything working when the power went down.

Back in the 1990's we supplied lots of kit to go in exchanges. It was all 48V DC powered.

Then apparently OFCOM ruled that this wasn't needed any longer. Probably some arm twisting by the BT Bean Counters.

Datacentre rues then applied.

Batteries were thrown away and the rest is history.

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Re: Non specific point

The words

Frying Pan

and

Fire

come to mind.

If you do go back, just don't come back here and complain when it goes badly.

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The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

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Re: Data estimates

are it will throw off about 40GB a minute of data

How much data does an F1 race car generate? How much is actually kept?

That might help get a more accurate figure.

Do we ned to keep every reading of say the tye pressure sensors when we really only need a snapshot when someding goes outside pre-defined limits.

There are obvious 'dataholics' in charge of the people who come up with these guestimates. Perhaps they need to be chopped off at the head first?

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Others have to take some of the blame as well

When MS and Oracle start charging per core rather than per CPU and increasing the prices a lot, there is suddenly less incentive to replace a Xeon V3 with a XEON V5 system.

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Raving mad: Glow sticks are secret weapon in Facebook's 2.1Gbps laser internet drones

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Er no

And where there's advertising, there's profit.

And where there's advertising, there's a target to be shot down

There fixed it for you.

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

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Re: Re BBC

I just checked BBC News with FF 45.2.0 ESR and it still demands Flash to play anything

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the BBC is a Pain in the Ass

for insisting that it needs flash to be installed.

My MBP has never had that abomination called Flash installed and still I get sites that can't even show the home page because it is all written in Flash.

Those sites I blacklist but it is hard to see why the BBC can't simply move everyone over to the mobile site and be done with it. After all iOS has never had flash (and whatever you think of Steve Jobs, this was a smart decision ) and it shows the BBC pages perfectly well.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Just had a thought

Nah, they go to

E(quipment)Bay

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Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

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MS training for MS

why are people surprised?

They probably think that the world (and the WWW) runs on Microsoft (IIS + SQLServer) platforms and nothing else is worth looking at.

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Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

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Deep Joy

MS releases even more beta software onto the unsuspecting users.

Are these changes being driven by the need to slurp even more data in ways that you can't stop?

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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

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Joke

The mind boggles

at the thought of the antenna adjusting itself to the users rapid up/down hand movements when viewing PRON.

Gives new meaning to the words 'Simple Harmonic Motion'

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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The writing should be on the wall

for their Phone business. That drop in revenue would have sent any other companies share price tumbling yet the MS price rose. But just the size of the revenue drop would make any other business pull the plug but will MS do that? I doubt it and it will continue to be the anchor that is holding them back for sometime to come. Shame really as we need three strong players in the mobile business.

I guess the 'love in' that MS has with Wall St is carrying on as normal.

We shall have to see what happens to APPL stock when they release their next set of figures. (My guess is that the stock will tank by at least 10% but that is just my feeling)

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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Re: Sounds like nonsense to me

These pesky drones might be small but one could easily break off your Airspeed Indicator sensor.

Fuck flying in that sort of environment with a U/S ASI. Not a problem in normal conditions but in that sort of air conditions????

If I was one of the pilots, I'd want to lynch that drone operator. Failing that send him on a road gang for 5 years.

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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

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Re: Starting To Make Sense

The biggest thorn in the gubbermint path toward total slurping is the ECHR.

This is nothing to do with the EU. taking the UK out of the ECHR laws would be a very wrong move IMHO.

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Exactly what defines 'serious crime'?

I'll wager that it will include dropping litter within the year.

just another example of gubbermint scope creep in action.

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Get the facts right

While I think that OpenReach (And BT in general) need a kicking , Openreach do have other things to invest in other than just superfast broadband. They do have the rest of the Telephone network to maintain and upgrade. The likes of Talk-talk and Sky are only too willing to piggback on the work that OR do.

IF they'd stump up a decent wad of cash I'm sure that BT would be only too glad to spend it.

Openread do need to sort of inner city Broadband. The business that is a minutes walk from Oxford Circus that can't get more than 1Mb upload is just as deprived as the people out in the shires.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

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FAIL

The IOT Support model is already there

Just look at the plethora of unpathed Android phones that out there. Buy a cheapo (and even not so cheap) device and pray that it gets at least one update and that the maker will provide OS upgrades (are you having a larf?)

So the basic premise of IOT is

- Ship, ship and to hell with security

- It's cheap so are you really expecting patches? And for free? Get real

- Buyer beware (sadly it is being flogged as a solution for an as yet question)

See Icon for my opinon of IOT.

As a result, I will not be partaking in this madness. ergo, my Fridge will never be conneted to anything other that the 230V S supply.

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For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

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Well...

The units will be shipped in September. At the time of writing, just two had been sold.

Would those customer be the NSA and GCHQ by any chance?

That leads me to ask, how many have been sold on the 'dark web'?

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Facebook and Google show how the world really will be blanketed in 5G

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Oh gooddy. Even easier for Google to track you

Terragraph will make heavy use of WiGig, the Wi-Fi-like network for 60 GHz spectrum, and the nodes, which can be mounted on lamp posts or buildings, will use low cost chips and components, said Facebook.

Now they can track you and send you targetted adverts even more than before.

Because the cells are so small then Zuck, google and their mates will soon be able to track your every step even inside your home.

And we want this because?

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: I expect Imagination is feeling rather unwanted

Perhaps with the fall in the £ vs $ rate, it might temp Apple to buy them up

Cue much gnashing of teeth by the apple haters but this is business.

Anything of value here is now even more attractive post BREXIT for any overseas investor with the money (or even without it...)

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: How much?

Well spotted.

If you have a big cash pile (And aren't called Apple) then you are a target for the commercial raiders.

All you need to do is get a short term loan to cover the amount of cash your target has in the bank and fund the rest and away you go.

We have seen this many times over the years. Here ARM's own cash pile is being used as a weapon to take them over.

I wonder what the MBA wizzards/idiots think about that?

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Intel to put in a counter offer?

Why would they?

They'd be up to their necks in Monopoly investigations in an instant.

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Re: Oh but the premium

According to the reports I read, this is a CASH purchase. Where's the debt?

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Oh but the premium

will really make people sit up and take notice.

The Premium is the price you pay that is in excess of the quoted share price.

IMHO, this is just a silly amount. The board when seeing it must have had a collective heart attack.

Why would Softbank risk this large amount of money in an area of business that they have no experience?

I get the distinct impression that someone else is behind this.

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Samsung spills beans on mystery username, password emails to devs

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Is there some magic difference between.....

Developing apps for Samsung Android and other (possibly) inferior Androids?

If not then what is so special about the Samsung developer program? Do they give you a free Galaxy Edge?

It would be nice to know.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: I'd add

And how does the average user who was formerly a windows user know how to do that then?

Those of us who know and are advocated for Linux know that but the average user would have no clue at all about how to even start to go about this.

This is made even more tricky by the use of LVM by many Linux Distros in their default installation.

I'd love to see a replication of the approach Apple takes with Time Machine applied to Linux.

start installing a new Linux system with the back connected and the distro sees the backup and does the job of restoring the user/users for you with minimal work on the users part.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Re: In the same era as Snowden exposed widespread NSA abuse...

Who elected them?

Money, big money.

That ensured that only candidates that have been bought and paid for appear on the ballot papers.

The electorate then have a clear choice between

a candidate that owes their political allegance to one group of crooks

OR

a candidate that owes their .... another bunch of mobsters.

You get the best paid for candidate.

US Democracy at its best.

It is time that the US System was overhauled from top to bottom otherwise this will just keep on going on. Limiting the amount of money that candidates can spend (including their so called 'friends') would be a good start.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Dual Servers

Which is why the example posted above uses TWO NAS Devices.

I have this sort of thing already setup. One NAS is in my Garage. The second is in my 'Man Cave' (Aka Garden Shed) that is 120 ft away. Both are powered by PV cells.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Re: What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.

My modus operandi regarding TV or Internet ads is

If I see an advert for product X, then when I want to but something in that product category, Product X is removed from the list of possible suppliers.

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Re: Easy way to avoid TV ads

re BBC

You have already paid for the content so it is not as if they are trying to get more dosh out of you (Box sets excepted)

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Re: So it's time...

Easy. Just record everything on your PVR and use skip.

Can't remember the last time I saw a complete Ad-break on TV.

Mind you, I don't watch a lot of TV and even less from the chanels that have ads.

No, I don't want to buy a new car let alone sell my current one for 20% inder market value

No, I don't want a free parker pen or vastly overprices of 50's life cover.

No, I don't want to make a PPI claim.

No, I don't want a supposedly waterproof phone that is a security nightmare

etc

etc

Yours a decidely grumpy old man.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Full marks for extra experience!

Sadly the people with this sort of experience are getting rather long in the tooth these days. I'm retiring later this year.

Youngsters marvel at you as you fix a dodgy Cat-5 cable connector by cutting off the old one and applying a new one with your trusty crimp tool.

I did this at one company. The IT Director said that they'd received a quote of £1500 to relay the whole effing cable. All I did was replace the connector and test the cable using my Ethernet tester. With the cable checking out, I plugged it back in and the archiving could be done.

Got a 12-bottle case of Verve for my 30 minutes of work (the company was a wine merchants).

It might be worth getting a list of what bits of kit people carry with them 'just in case' and what bits have saved the day more than once.

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Re: Awww.

It will be interesting to see if he falls on said knife when he fails to get even a half decent deal from Europe.

This will make or break his political career.

the phrase 'keeping your enemies closer' comes to mind.

So far the new PM has done a good job with her appointments.

Only time will tell us if she is just a one trick pony and just as crap at being PM as Gordo was.

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Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

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This says it all

"In my 10 years as attorney general, I have dealt with a lot of large corporate wrongdoers. I must say that yours is the first I have encountered to have no corporate conscience for the safety of its customers, the viability of its fellow corporations, or the negative economic impact on the nation which has allowed your company to flourish," Hood said in 2014.

He is of course referring to Google.

Naturally, the Google Fanbois will be out to defend them but to issue a restraining order on an State Law Officer is to my mind, beyond the pale.

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