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* Posts by Aaron Em

1573 posts • joined 20 Jul 2009

Met cops get new pocket-sized fingerprint scanners

Aaron Em

Speaking as someone who's been mugged in the past

I'm awfully glad I don't have to be afraid of the police having my fingerprints on file. I can't imagine how I'd ever be able to deal with something like that. Getting my ass beat and my wallet lifted doesn't even begin to compare to the suffering I'm sure I'd go through to know that I can be identified by law enforcement...

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Apple design chief Jony Ive knighted - but not by the Queen

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Thumb Down

Seems like some folks

consider that the mere existence of royalty makes them feel inferior. Sounds like a personal problem to me.

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@SB

Can't you damned levellers be satisfied with having won?

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Re: so few republicans

Even a few Americans, believe it or not; that said, though, even those of us who aren't Jacobites are so far outside the US political mainstream that we might as well be in orbit.

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VIA outs $49 Raspberry Pi-alike

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Trollface

Well at least

there's somebody with some manufacturing capability behind this one --

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Report: SAP exec charged with $1,000 LEGO bar-code caper

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Obviously not

One would expect, after all, that a linguist be able correctly to punctuate his clauses.

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Child support IT fail: Deadbeat mums 'n' dads off the hook

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Not fucking her any more doesn't count?

Sounds responsible enough to me --

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Mushroom

Sure, but

it's easier to blame developers, who are generally competent, motivated, and responsible, than it is the affirmative action cases in the clerical office, which are generally very quick to sue and scream to the press.

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Pirate Bay struggling to get on feet after DDoS to the knee

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Of course

they have no money also, and cannot afford to hire those who know more than they do.

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

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Sounds like Doc Smith to me

Dropping planets from space at high speed? Klono's horns! -- who else would it be?

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Watchdog bites bar over 'offensive' Facebook ad

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Thanks for the link

That's one for the morning paper.

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'IT is no place for the little ladies', says Dell mouthpiece

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Re: Can we please...

The Reg has ads? When did that happen?

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Vote now for the worst movie NEVER made

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So...

"The ultimate winner will get DVDs of the aforementioned top 10 worst films. The runner-up will get the top five titles, while third place will get a copy of Battlefield Earth..."

We're supposed to try to lose, then?

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Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

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Nothing attracts downvotes

like whining about downvotes.

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US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

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Coat

Re: MAC Address

"In the closet" usually does for me. Ta!

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US, Euro e-car makers back 'standard' AC/DC jack

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Re: What about insertion force?

Big handle on the back makes me think it takes a pretty good shove. (Fnar, fnar.)

I'm more wondering why the socket's the side with the conductors exposed. Seems a bit risky to me.

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'Giant vampire squid' seeks social media guru

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Taibbi

Not exactly my favorite journalist, but he can certainly turn a phrase.

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Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

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Well done Apple

Now just figure out your security process and you'll really be getting somewhere.

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Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab

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Re: Wil who?

Good on him for not ending up another Gary Coleman, tho.

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Revealed: Inside super-soaraway Pinterest's virtual data centre

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The point of Pinterest is to make money for the people who built it.

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It's web scale.

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Microsoft storage boffins serve up smoking 2012 NFS server

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Re: Client for win7

What, the unnecessary SMB weirdness isn't enough for you? You want to support another, even flakier, fileshare protocol too?

I think you've come in the wrong door, fellow -- the masochists' club is just around the corner. You'll know it when you see it, it's the one with broken glass set into the doorhandle.

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Everything old is new again

First mainframes and centralization in general (oops, sorry, I mean "the cloud"), then dumb terminals, now NFS. Could someone have a new idea please?

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Google Street View Wi-Fi data slurper named

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Probably not many

The question is, how many are trying to hire an IT professional and either a) see 'hacker' and think 'what an idiot, this guy admits to committing crimes, next!', or b) see 'hacker' and think 'what a hairy-assed weirdo, this guy will be impossible to manage, next!'

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Re: Hacker

...you mean like, say, probably most people on LinkedIn don't?

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Zuckerberg: Now share your organs with Facebook friends

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"Nothing new" indeed

Bet you've never offered to let one of 'em keep it...

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Biennial boner blights Beemer biker

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"This won't stand up in court."

Summary judgment for the defendant, plaintiff to pay court costs.

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Re: Long-known

...which gives one to wonder about the negligence or lack thereof of the rider, who presumably as a "lifestyle cyclist" should know better than to ride on a seat that's going to wreck his wedding tackle, and who certainly has a more compelling interest in the care and maintenance of said tackle than the seat manufacturer would.

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

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Facepalm

"openly hid the truth"

"Look! Over here! See this? It's the truth! And we're hiding it!"

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Re: Oh dear, apologies forthcoming?

As opposed to the other three who downvoted it because the commenter was whining about the first two who downvoted it?

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Anyone surprised?

Anyone at all? Right, didn't think so. Back to work.

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Cedexis helps admins fight performance anxiety

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Between the company's name and the headline

I was wondering whether this was going to be an ad for a pill to help stressed admins with, shall we delicately say, uptime issues.

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

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Re: Moisture sensors

They do -- iPhones also have them, inside the headphone jack, and they're used for the same reason.

Even without them, though, I think I'd rather claim for replacement than repair -- who wants to use a laptop that reeks of piss?

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Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD

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No kidding

It'd be easier to laugh at if it didn't give the impression of having been applied with a spade.

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Spoken like somebody

who would have an industry at all if software engineers hadn't built him one.

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That

and this guy wouldn't know funny if it threw a pie at him.

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Re: Smiling Away

...when did you stop coming out with ridiculous rubbish?

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Aaron Em

"...can anyone back that up?"

Yes, but no one has felt the need to do so, because it's really only thickos who have a problem with this. The difference, put as simply as possible, is:

In a programming language, one programs, which instruct a computer in how to do something.

In a markup language, one marks up, which instructs a computer in how to draw something.

If what you're doing isn't telling a computer how to draw something, then you can't do that in a markup language -- you'll need to put on your Pull-Ups, climb up in Daddy's swivel chair, and use a real programming language instead.

Clear?

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"They didn't know what they were saying"

They don't know anything. If, by Friday, you don't find yourself in need of a dose of the Bastard, then what you have is not a job, but rather an unusually remunerative hobby.

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Gaia scientist Lovelock: 'I was WRONG and alarmist on climate'

Aaron Em

Re: Easy does it!

By the mass of the earth? You mean including all that interior mass which couldn't give a damn what happens to the climate or anything else on the surface?

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"His books include Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine, The Ages of Gaia, Healing Gaia, The Vanishing Face of Gaia and The Revenge of Gaia."

How was this man taken so seriously for so long? "The Revenge of Gaia". Really.

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Lovelock: "The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing."

Which raises the question: how come he's the bigshot climate scientist, and you're the nameless El Reg commentard? You certainly seem to know quite well what the climate is doing -- get Dr. Lovelock on the phone!

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"the 92-year-old scientist"

ISO standard public dotage again -- why do we let it go this far? There ought to be some kind of charitable organization tasked with going around and collecting our honored dodderers off their street-corner soap boxes and giving them a blanket and a chocolate biscuit or something, it's just shameful, a judgment on our society, to leave them on the street and let them go on about global warming or aliens with prosthetic nostrils or whatever they've fixated on.

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'Asteroid mining company' makes classic hypegasm debut today

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Never get away with it

It'd be too obvious while you were setting it up; no one who knows about it is going to let it slide, for the same reason everybody agreed back in our parents' day that FOBS was taking it just that extra little bit too far for comfort. (Which is, for those who might be wondering, why Kim Jong-un's favorite new toy has everyone so worried.)

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Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club

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Honestly

I'd prefer a reference to Ms Stob's latest. Where's the fun when everyone's doing it, dear?

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Enterprise apps to bring bespoke BACK FROM THE DEAD

Aaron Em

Re: And I for one

If it's works of art you want to create, precious, hie thee to a university CS department. Me, I'm just glad to know there's likely to be a little work out there for me when I'm old and gray and can't afford to retire.

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Prince of Persia author releases 1980s source code

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What Raspberry Pi users?

I can't even find one person who's actually received one of the damn things...

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OK, bullshit aside

Anyone got a legitimate counter-argument to make, or is it just that this is the thread where all the "unpopular equals wrong, so if we downvote what we don't like enough times it will go away" dribblers are congregating today?

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

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A swat on the ass usually did the job for me

...oh wait, I forgot, that's child abuse now, as no doubt also is suggesting that anyone undertake such a criminal act.

Mine's the one with the Broad Arrow.

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