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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

Steve 114
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Comparisons

In many years of EU joint technical work, I have never had an argument with a German colleague, and never won an argument with a French colleague. One of the reasons I don't think 'ever-closer union' will ever be right for Britain.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Normal

They probably know exactly who they want, but have to put him/her on hold while they go through advertising nonsense.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: When you assist aunty to buy a computer I suggest you also

She'll listen, but not understand beyond the next 'send this kitten joke to all your friends'. Install TeamViewer with a permanent password and do her the favour of cleaning things up occasionally

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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WTF?

Beware

Last Preview was interesting on a spare hard disk (could be good?). Cautiously used the wife's Microsoft e-mail ID while installing it, and was surprised when it not only showed her private screensaver unbidden, but that her own laptop's Win 8.1.1 OEM product key was declared on her next boot to be in use elsewhere! Remedied by first changing my spare to the Preview product key (which it hadn't asked for), then going through the phone rigmarole to revalidate the wife's laptop key.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Steve 114

Easy

Maybe you can just unplug the power when you don't need it. I'd worry more about Amazon patenting some feature of a bleeding obvious gadget.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

Steve 114
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Consistency

Any memorials there to Tchaikovsky, then?

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

Steve 114

Not Bad

Win10 preview is on my older laptop now, and (perish the thought!) is not bad at all. Partly because it seems to have imported from some 'Cloud' all my XP-like customisations of Win8.1.1, including unasked even my screensave private pic. That makes it nice to use, but impossible to test on behalf of newbies because I can't see what they'd be confronted with after a fresh install

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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XP dark matter

All 'friends and relations' I maintain are using XP (except one Vista accident) and none has plans to upgrade a computer that does everything they want. My experiments with Win10 Tech Preview on an older machine won't even boot from DVD (error 'code 5') - still trying. Linux Mint is a bridge too far for their software collection, so they'll just be on risk with XP until the hardware dies.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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IT Angle

Re: @RU37

You chucked the Czech chick, Chuck: may we check whether she checked-out with a cheque?

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

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Re: countless?

Agreed. Not obvious either that Enigma etc. intel. was much affecting the Russian steamroller which would have crushed Berlin willy-nilly. Certainly saved lives in the Atlantic and many other theatres, but the war couldn't have run for two years more.

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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Re: Refreshing?

And a fortnight before the quarter-day when rents are due is handy to get the shops cleaned out. If they hadn't fully stuffed the brand, someone could buy it from the Administrators, run a no-overhead 'comparison' website and take slim commissions off everyone. Wanna bet?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Happy

Good thing too

Brussels is planning to use them for road-pricing. On every road. Oh yes they are.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

Steve 114
IT Angle

Just Why?

What is it about UK/English public projects that are bleeding obvious and 'just have to be done' - border records, offender management, NHS records, universal credit... that makes them such disaster zones. No, seriously, what would systems experts actually recommend to get these kind of things done properly?

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Bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox finds a friend to fend off out-of-pocket investors

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Re: It was inevitable when you really think about it.

And who would have guessed that old Mr. Lloyd's coffee house could have become a global centre for insurance? (Much the same result for the 'Names' there, though).

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'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign

Steve 114
Headmaster

I insist on calling it "hatch". That's because printers used to use whole blocks of them to do cross-hatching. 'Hash' makes no sense and is annoying.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: OMG Mirrors!

Until 1855, every newspaper sold had to have a government stamp attached. Copies didn't go unnoticed. (Within my lifetime, there was a stamp on every new pack of playing cards).

And FWIW, Sumption probably noticed an ambiguity that needed resolving.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: On the horns of a dilemma

If you apply the POS regedit, you cannot then easily reverse it later (Regedit won't). So, back up registry, or use non-Windows registry editor like PCRegedit.iso

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Changed Days

My GGGF wintered twice in 'Saint Francisco', difficult mooring but they were generously entertained by the Spanish monks who were the only residents. Being a good Brit horseman, despite his RN avocation, he taught the monks how to hunt. 'Indians' often escaped from compulsory bible classes, and had to be humanely caught before their tribes exterminated them as tainted. Things sound different thereabouts nowadays?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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'Lost'

I did Imperial at school, and it wasn't easy but at least it's divisible and visualisable. My children did Metric, and now have No Idea. They simply don't know how to 'measure' things, or put up shelves, or hang pictures centrally. Total fail of central governance (and me too, I sometimes think, while sorting it out for them with twin-scale rulers).

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Google sticks its servers behind genomics alliance

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Wedded to 23andMe?

Note the Google-guy's (current?) wife, who runs the rather interesting and neatly-UI'd DNA testing website named above. Which the US's 'FDA' has lately forbidden to publish new, if soft, health information. The FDA should get their waggons in a circle, as Google is darkening the hilltops with Tribes from all over, and arrows may begin to fly.

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

Steve 114

T&C

A close reading of the small print suggests it's just a ruse to get new consent for them to read your e-mails so that abuses can be identified.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

Steve 114
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Crossborder Sting

Have you seen how much they add on-line to post their spit-kit out of the USA? (even just over the border to Canada)? That's silly, because to get plentiful comparative results from Eeur-op, where most USians' ancestors came from, they'd really have to tempt us. Meanwhile, 'FTDNA' still looks the pro alternative.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

Steve 114
Holmes

Fallacy?

The 'speed of light' is a distraction. Light is instant (in the frame of reference of the photon doing it). Anyone else watching has to consider a universal constant called 'c'. You can't do without 'c' for spacetime, just as you can't do without 'pi' for circles. If you think something has travelled 'faster than light' you have simply misunderstood the problem. Go square a circle.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency

Our 'shit area' in this house is chock-full of anthologies. Does that help, or have I misunderstood?

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

Steve 114

Re: My god

Even there, there's a formal 'Trading Standards' difference between a traditional 'brim glass' and a modern one with a level-mark.

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What made us human? Being ARMED with lethal ranged weapons

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Re: Nice troll

Seems a fair bet that all Homo Sapiens preserve genocidal instincts. Saying it shouldn't be so doesn't make it not so. Beware any groups who do not look and think like you (or even wear different football scarves). And do not eat their babies.

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Wonder why you live longer than a chimp? Thank your MOTHER IN LAW

Steve 114
Devil

Utah JuJu

Why do I find family research from this source doubtful? Are they trying to baptise all those dead grannies?

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Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Re: Elmer Phud

Even a pedestrian on a mobile will blunder into you. Simple reason is his 'mind is elsewhere'. As for why they need to 'walk up and down' while ranting - well, don't try that when driving either.

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

Steve 114
WTF?

Maps must be fun

As an 'elderly, confused', I got an Android phone. Liked it a lot, rooted it same afternoon. But it seems the only way I can get the sainted 'Google' Maps' integrated is by getting some kind of Google ID, so that they can track me - no thanks! (Meanwhile some other mapping system downloads useful slabs all over Europe). And my various TomToms in several cars almost never mislead. But my son can't upgrade his I-Thing because 'the maps don't work'. Whatever is going wrong?

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

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Re: this reminds me of two things

...'they still experience (relative) immorality' - incest Down Below?

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Micro Anvika goes titsup after Olympics fails to save its shops

Steve 114
FAIL

2-bit store

Stopped going to TCR when Proops left. They sold me two 1-bit ferrite memories in perspex, which made natty cufflinks. If you have them, they're mine - stolen in Amsterdam.

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I spy: Drug drops and foxy couples

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Re: 10x optical zoom?

And for stereo with any zoom, you'd need the optics further apart. At least as far as your own eyes! And further still for a touch of the 'hyperstereo' which is such fun on landscapes with any still camera.

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Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

Steve 114
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Re: isnt this getting a bit silly now

TWO sources of smoke? Wow!

He: "Do you smoke after sex?" She: "I don't know, you naughty boy, I've never looked."

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Curiosity landing live from NASA's JPL: How the drama unfolded

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Re: Just saw!

-and, for two thoroughly sensible questions.

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Tough spec.

Good to see Lewis Page not disapproving of something. Don't get me wrong, I generally agree, but this helps recalibrate the disapproval-rating scale. Does he write for mainline papers? They too could do with a corrective dose of reality.

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Terrafugia flies first prototype: Flying cars 'within a year'

Steve 114
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Re: We don't want driving planes,

It isn't a 'plane', young man, it's an 'aircraft'. First thing they told my father when they gave him a biplane at Old Sarum (with no handbook): "Machines are for sewing, Planes are for carpentry".

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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

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Re: Hope it's better than the stage version

Strangely, 'New Statesman' (with Alan B'Stard) transferred better to the stage - more pantomime, less Radio-play sophistication required. We'll never know if YM Mk.II works on-screen, if it's on a dark channel.

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Top Italian OPERA boffin steps down after faster-than-light mistake

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'Politics' rules OK

Try chairing any international collaboration where the reps are mainly men. There'll be sharp disputes on process, elections, personalities, even when to take coffee breaks. Nothing to do with the science, but events with public exposure do highlight any splits. The upside here is that lots of people have had relativity dramitised by the press, and got a bit educated - yay, I even bought a book myself to answer the questions better.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

Steve 114

Re: What to do?

On all my machines, XP is the next XP. (Except a new netbook with Win7, which is merely irritating).

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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Re: Dunno yet - it's still installing...

About an hour on my old x64 Toshiba laptop. Only one bluescreen 'DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION', solved with a reboot and then 7 updates listed (one Tos-specific). Password- and start- screens are ridiculous, but desktop once found is redolent of Win7, with cosmetic plusses and minuses. I'll stick with XP.

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Astrolabe backs off, timezone database safe

Steve 114

Trolls aplenty

Don't necessarily blame the company: there are specialist USian lawyers out there, looking for issues, and then recruiting a company to front for them.

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Outside-the-box thinking literally can't be done inside a box, say profs

Steve 114
Linux

Fishy

I heard that if you can't see out of a window from your desk, a tank of tropical fish is second-best to liberate creativity. (Come lunchtime, remember Wanda makes a very poisonous sandwich).

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MPs: 999 HQ revamp FAIL cost £469m

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Change first, not last

A broader problem: the client hopes the sly catalyst for change they find hard to announce will be 'integrated' new IT. They can't specify what they want (because they haven't done 'change' yet), so they give the specifying to the consultant too. What nobody notices is that the plebs who actually do the work now don't want change. There are layers of them entrenched, each with different resistance agendas whether justified ('these things never work') or unjustified ('bosses will see what we're doing'). Result - institutional sabotage, and an ever-escalating volume of profitable change-notes until the buck stops. Fire, health, offender management - you name it, we've all been there and done one.

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RAM prices set to 'free fall'

Steve 114
Unhappy

Expensive

I paid a shilling each for two 1-bit wound ferrite rings encapsulated in clear plastic. Made nice cufflinks, until they were stolen. As a price-per-bit, that's still some theft.

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Ace Reg reporter in career suicide shock

Steve 114
Happy

Advertorials

And given the advertorial propensities of that oh-so Gemini Organ, don't you think it's time the WiFi connectivity of certain major 'Cruise Ships' was checked out by an effusive expert?

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Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

Steve 114

Normalcy

Better placed in the irony cage.

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BBC Online ordered to be more 'distinctive' as cuts kick in

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Grrr

yes, and we have:

'appeal the decision' (grammatical error)

'find your representative' (constitutional error)

'more on this story' (a tragedy is only a 'story' to expensed journalists)

All I want is BBC headlines on Firefox, and Radio 3 with fewer smug music-over self-ads.

I'm told they do TV as well? Keep your movies off my screen-estate!

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Fanboi primer: How to move your iTunes from PC to Mac

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Bad Taste

in so-called 'Songs' remains bad taste whatever hardware they're on.

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Money for nothing – and your (gambling) kicks for free

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Always free

Some pushers offer free drugs too - all you have to do is sell the stuff on, and profit.

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