* Posts by fearnothing

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

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"It's the same old story. They try to ambush you into an HR intervention by slapping a meeting in your diary with an ambiguous title - only, knowing this was coming, I've booked back-to-back meetings for the next three weeks, made them all private so that no-one but me knows what they are and set my calendar to reject meeting proposals that clash."

Slick operator right there. Good one Simon, and right on time too!

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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Re: Soiled underwear

Well, now that imports of real British Cadburys have been banned, that may not be the case anymore...

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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Terrible article, giving the impression that an increase in surface coverage is an indication that the global trend towards warming may have been changed and that we don't need to worry. All because of one cool summer. Newsflash: the reason global warming is a problem is because it's a long term trend. One cool summer does not a trend make. Cherry picking this most certainly is, along with supporting the side of those with an absurd and frankly dangerous level of denial.

El Reg, please can we get someone on these articles who isn't drinking the kool-aid?

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

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What's this about 10 being "Microsoft’s last client operating system"? Any links/citations for that please?

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Police investigate strange case of doughnut-licking pop singer Ariana Grande

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Re: Who?

"called doughnuts, or olykoeks."

Presumably also the root for the Dutch/Flemish 'olieballen'. Food of the gods is right.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: Why do you keep using the phrase "training course"?

>>>> I went for a course in electroconvulsive therapy

>> Did you make any contacts?

Knowing other people is important - you need to stay current. Did the therapy help or were you just going through a phase?

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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If they were from 500 million years ago, they are not "nearly as distant" from the dinosaurs as the dinosaurs are from us, they are far more distant. Not only that, they're more distant from the dinosaurs than the most distant dinosaurs are from us.

Most recent dinosaurs: 65mya.

Most distant dinosaurs from us: 234-234mya

Distance between these and earliest dinosaurs: at least 266 million years.

Maths editor asleep tonight?

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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Re: Stats

I don't think the chance of being struck twice is the same as the square of the chance of being struck once. If it was the chance of being struck and surviving, then your maths would be right.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Flanders and Swann said it 58 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJmmDkvQyc

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Re: Great Idea!

On the other hand I know a bank that forbids any character stranger than a "-" in a password, will not let you use a password longer than 16 characters, but requires you to use a lowercase and uppercase letter and a number.

Don't ever expect banks to do the sensible thing.

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'You wanted Silk Road to be your legacy. And it is. Now enjoy your life behind bars'

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The notion was balmy? I think you mean barmy... unless it was sipping a cocktail on the Copacabana.

IRT your argument, this is the American justice system we're talking about, whose understanding of rehabilitation seems to parallel a fish's understanding of bicycles.

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Supposing that the observable universe is, as has been theorised, a computer simulation inside a laboratory (which may itself be in another computer simulated universe), the best explanation is that one of the lab technicians messed with the starting conditions and said "ha, this'll mess with their heads".

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Re: "a ten million-to-one chance of occurring."

When they zoom out, it will turn out to be the first diagonal in the phrase "We apologise for the inconvenience"

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Did anyone else read the start and think 'plastic explosives'? Ending did not disappoint, but a different kind of explosion was implied. Regardless, nth-ing best BOFH for ages.

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Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

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WTF?

Can't tell if troll or really that dumb.

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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

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Re: Groundhog Day

Or, also like in the movie, he's happily doing his job until the point where he finds one of his customers has opened a portal to hell in their [fridge/webapp].

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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Wouldn't be so hypocritical if IRQ.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: Word perfect article

That last one would be 'tool' rather than 'instrument' then.

Ah snap, someone already got there. Have an upvote.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Re: Politics. politics....and duplicity

E 2: Have an up vote. People seem to have missed your sarcasm, despite it being massively obvious.

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

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I approve of this headline.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Not worth going then

"In some ways, using 'booth babes' actually demeans men as much as women."

Absolutely! As you noted it's not that men are objectified so much as that we are stereotyped as immature, grunting savages completely at the mercy of primal urges. Yes it's okay for a man to look at a woman and think of sex. And the people staring at them are less at fault than the people hiring them. But I'm not going to keep my mouth shut when someone implies it's okay to ogle and forget the negative effects.

As far as tact goes, a large part of the problem is that the culture of stereotyping men and demeaning women is built into our language habits. It's subtle, it's habitual, and kids learn it long before they see anything like porn or booth babes. If I get labelled a feminazi for trying to get people to be aware of this, then bring it on. Language shapes our thoughts and in many ways defines the thoughts we are capable of having. For that reason I'm not sorry for having addressed it in a way that looked like linguistic pedantry.

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Re: Not worth going then

Don't forget stuff.

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Re: Give the feminism a rest

And what about all the women who start to have an interest in working in tech? After slogging their way through the barrage of comments from colleagues doubting their ability because of their genitalia, the interviewers who drop blatant hints about sexual favours, and the desperate lack of role models, they finally land their first visit to a tech conference, and the weight of evidence is telling them that their gender is best suited to advertising via cleavage?

Here's a tip, talk to a few women who have been in tech for a while and get their perspective before merrily raising your flag for the status quo.

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Re: Not worth going then

I'm well aware that the use of the word 'things' was largely a figure of speech. However it was a particularly unfortunate figure of speech given the objectification inherent in the statement as a whole, hence my choice to highlight it.

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Re: Not worth going then

"At all too many trade shows, the booth babes are the only things worth looking at."

Thank you for demonstrating for us the primary reason this decision was the right one.

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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Bingo cards at the ready.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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The value of the free market is supposed to be in ensuring good products/services for customers through competition, and good value for businesses and investors through ensuring a wide range of opportunity. The USA's broadband market has neither value for customers due to lack of competition, nor good value for prospective competitors due to the initial cost of entry.

Not that I'm saying the UK is brilliant, but at least the market here isn't a rotting corpse being picked over by the hyenas.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

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Re: 1981?

I finished A-levels in 2002, in a school that was designated a "Technology College". Although there was a computer network (some of it even on Windows XP!) you still needed to get permission if you wanted to use a computer outside of designated class time.

Class time that involved computers consisted almost entirely of learning to use Excel. Oh, and the art department had just had a £1m investment whereas the technology dept got... nothing as far as I could tell.

Some technology college, eh?

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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Actually the BBC Master System version, thank you very much. So much so that the controls are still as natural to me as wsad. E:D didn't do it for me.

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"The four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft..." Aaaaaaaaugh! Thargoids!

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Re: Even more URL's

d) A large tusked pachyderm with flappy ears.

Why? That's irrelephant.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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So what's to stop Ford from registering "chrysler.sucks" ?

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: So the FCC set up a fight between ...

Bit more than that - Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh–Durham, with plans for expansion. They're not AT&T or Comcast yet, but give it 5 - 10 years and they might be looking mighty close.

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EU court: Mobe makers not liable for users' copyright badness

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That's more to do with the fact that the movie industry pays for a bunch of people to sit around and reject all the ideas that aren't likely to make money hand over fist. Yes, the budget for the big movies is snowballing, but the diversity is snowball-in-hell-ing.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: Look out MENSA

The guy who founded MENSA eventually washed his hands of the organisation. He wanted it to be a gathering of people of great ability so that they could combine their efforts for the improvement of humankind. Instead the result was, in his own words, "mental masturbation".

Tells you a lot about humans, really.

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Re: Mingers are Winners in the end!

My gran was a firm believer in growing old disgracefully. Consequently, she was hilarious. Sod the pretty people, if I find a lass that makes me laugh as much as she did, I'm sorted.

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NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

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Along with deadly alien life forms in the ventilation ducts. Just sayin'.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: When I was a kid

Speaking of which, that's what the "Degauss" options on old CRT monitors was for wasn't it? I pressed that button many a time by accident but never actually had a need to use it for what it was actually meant to do. Can anyone say whether it was effective?

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Churchill's blood valued at £560,000. Take that Stalin!

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an envelope surely?

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Where did that $ on the second 15K come from? Anyway, good one :) commendations on making my friday shift a bit more palatable.

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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Re: History repeating itself

Do tell, exactly what is it other than information and authority that currently backs the pound? Or the dollar? Or the euro? It certainly isn't gold in a vault. We haven't used that system for nearly 40 years.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

If you watch BBC programs through Netflix, you're still paying for them.

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: Agreed

Definitely, there's only one beverage that should go in a container with height > width, and it's not a stimulant.

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LinkedIn values your privacy at ONE WHOLE LOUSY DOLLAR

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Re: Why bother to be secure ?

"Once we start to see the penalties for crap security actually hurt we will see the cost merrily passed along to the customer." - FTFY.

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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I really thought we were past the days of "Augh, communists!"

My bad.

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Former Mrs Dotcom hooks up with Xbox 'toyboy'

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How can a broke person offer a $5m bounty?

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

The polish guys I work with say that it's more likely these polish people are copying the name from this little sketch and using it as an alias, than it being their real name.

Dude, bro or slick might be appropriate. Also dupek.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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That was my thought too... regardless though I'm looking forward to this turning into an example of why the best science starts with someone saying "That's odd..."

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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It kind of makes sense that the sequels' lightsabers might be more analogue and less precise - after all, Palpatine did a pretty thorough job of scrubbing the galaxy of the Jedi order, leaving the technique of making lightsabers to be communicated from an old hermit with a speech impediment to a young hothead with a listening impediment. Seems very reasonable to me that the later models might not be up to standard.

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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<cynicism>I wonder if it was because she was a woman?</cynicism>

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