* Posts by John 110

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

John 110

Re: Mobility

Besides, as my wheelchair-using wife would tell you, wheelchairs and crowded halls don't go together. You can't see over people, (you spend the event looking at more groins than you might be comfortable with) the push handles emasculate anyone you reverse into and you can't get close enough to a booth to actually see anything. Oh and it's hard to handle a drink and a wheelchair. She ends up sitting in a corner relying on people coming to her.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

John 110
FAIL

Wonderful...

...because creating new species of virus in the lab is a great idea! Has nobody here played Resident Evil?

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

John 110

Re: Part way there already

If I'm already fishing about for my phone, I might as well just scan the dangling thingy (ooer missus) on my car keys. Actually my car keys are easier to find than my phone, what with them digging into my leg an all. And I don't have to press any buttons and enter a code onto the lock screen before I can run the app...

(what is thees obsession with the mobile phone...)

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

John 110
Joke

I think I'll just.....

...muffle these here microphones with me ears...

bootnote: Use your search engine of choice to google (oops) "exploding head syndrome"

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Going shopping for a BSOD? We've found 'em in store at M&S

John 110

Re: Not for sale

Especially in Dundee, where they used to make them... (and where they used to "fall off the back of lorries" regularly)

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

John 110

Re: and we thought brexit was a bloody stupid decision

@christoph

I thought you were going to post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eCUEfb7U0

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Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

John 110

Re: My phone gets switched off before boarding

"...I tend to have a small tablet or a Kindle to entertain me..."

I use a device consisting of thin flexible pages bound together in cardboard sheets. The pages have markings that are read by an organic optical reading system, and are decoded by an organic matrix that doesn't often blow up.

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BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

John 110
IT Angle

...garden...

It's no worse than mine...

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

John 110

Missing the point

I think folk are missing the point here. It's not the smartphone per se that's the great invention, it's the need to miniaturize all sorts of cameras, microphones sensors etc enough to fit into the form factor and make them at an affordable price that's the breakthrough. Do you really think we'd have seen (for example) the camera drone revolution without the small, high quality bits of kit originally developed for phones?

But no, I wouldn't credit Jobs. My fliptop alcatel had a decent camera that foreshadowed just what you could achieve when you can stuff kit into a pocket-sized device.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

John 110
Joke

Re: "how we label our food"

@Dan 55

"I wouldn't know a pound if it hit me on the bloody head and neither does anyone under 50ish"

It's 240 pennies...

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John 110

Re: "Great Repeal Bill"

"I wake every day hoping I'll wake up in hospital with a kindly psychiatrist saying "Well, that was one hell of a delusion you had there wasn't it?", but sadly so far the nightmare continues..."

+1

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Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos

John 110

What a relief...

"so I suppose dark matter has its own internal dynamics which keep it from the event horizon."

I can stop worrying about it then. What's dark matter again?

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

John 110

Re: Plugs....

"In general they seem to agree that the way a USB A socket goes is such that the USB symbol on the plug is uppermost. "

Unless you have a Dell PC. The ones we have at work (ie quite old...) have the USB sockets on the front of the case "upsidedown"

Who cares what way up the back ones are, you always have to rotate the plug several times to get them to fit.

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John 110

Plugs....

I knew an IT lady who didn't like to embarrass people, soft-hearted soul that she was. When phoned with an obvious "it's not powered on" problem, she would explain that they've had a batch of faulty 3-pin plugs, and can the user check the serial number on the one they have. Miraculously, the problem cleared itself!

We had one user who managed to consistently plug in the "printer end" usb plug 90 degrees wrong. It doesn't help of course that device manufacturers can't seem to agree what way up the sockets go...

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

John 110
Mushroom

Re: Hmmmm...

I'm sure all Elite fans have seen Oolite (http://www.oolite.org/). If not then you should.

It was gratifying to see that my computerless docking skills were still there!

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

John 110

Re: Meh! -

Speaking as a stroppy fecker in a Pathology lab, I can assure you that as a non-patient facing service (ie not important) we have to sometimes stress that patients might die if they don't get their results.

As IT support for 40 other stroppy fecker in a Microbiology lab (being told we're Pathogy is intensely irritating, but a matter for another day), I can feel your pain. I regularly have to sort caps-lock password problems. The LIMS we use needs you to switch on caps-lock once you're logged in, unfortunately our users generally change their passwords after they've put caps on, then next time, they lock themselves out by forgetting they used caps lock the last time.

I'm going to thumbs-up you anyway, because I've been on both sides of that fence...

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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

John 110

Re: UK Big Data boffins not up to the task?

@Wupspups

I had to think before replying to this one because I didn't want to take away from the emotive and important message about cancer treatment that the Reg is putting across here.

Anyway...

Certain groups of UK medical researchers have shown that they are perfectly capable of manipulating the data in their studies to make claims about treatment that are not shown to be valid when the data used to support those claims is examined by other interested parties.

Further, certain reputable UK journals have colluded in this both explicitly by publishing misleading findings (and releasing press releases which publicize those findings) and implicitly by not calling out the perpetrators.

The details are a bit long and convoluted for here but looking here https://jcoynester.wordpress.com/ and here http://www.virology.ws/2015/10/22/trial-by-error-ii/ and searching out "PACE trial" with your engine of choice will give a bit of background.

This sort of scandal is sadly not rare and our press is willing to pull any interpretation out of trial write-ups that will up the reading figures and further their own political agenda (see current NHS reporting for examples).

What I'm trying to convey here is that I've personally lost faith in all science reporting, both in the media (who seem to go out of their way to get it wrong) and the journals.

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USBee stings air-gapped PCs: Wirelessly leak secrets with a file write

John 110

Re: Not a bee

Oh I think it is, what kind of IT expert are you...

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

John 110
Flame

Re: Am I wrong in thinking that if ..

Yeah but the fact that I plane _might_ survive a drone strike doesn't mean that it's not incredibly stupid to precipitate one...

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

John 110

@Tubz

"or some big wig politician on the board of directors ???"

ALL the big-wig politicians have heavy investments in private healthcare, that's why they want to shaft the NHS

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

John 110
IT Angle

Just in case anyone needs to know...

The preferred removal method is to snip off the barb (from the hook, missus!) and push the thing back through (still the hook)

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

John 110

Re: When life imitates art...

Well, our network people are absolutely brilliant! (are you listening, Denise)

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John 110

@jeffrey

I see you got a downvote for no apparent reason - unless it was your best friend who didn't need to be reminded that his youth is now far behind him...

Anyway, have a balancing upvote

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Vivaldi's tweaky grinders fire out another release: Add themes, security

John 110

Re: Poor Opera 12

Try Pale Moon, it's forked from Firefox, leaving out the dubious decisions Mozilla have made of late. With a little effort, it can give you a close-to-Opera 12 experience in a modern browser.

http://www.palemoon.org/

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Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team

John 110

Re: "Antibiotics are no longer routinely given ..."

We have GPs based in the rougher areas who prescribes antibiotics for colds rather than try to tell some ned (that's not listening anyway) that it's not going to do any good.

As an aside, colds can leave you susceptible to secondary infections and, depending on your physical condition, antibiotics can be useful for preventing complications.

The whole area is a bit of a delicate balance and our Medics spend a lot of time giving antibiotic advice on the phone.

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John 110

Re: "Antibiotics are no longer routinely given ..."

<Microbiologist hat>

Currently in our Lab, we use traditional culture/sensitivities methods to check urines. A negative result will be available in 24hrs. A positive result is trickier. Depending on how hard the organism is to identify and the sensitivity pattern, it can take 36 to 48hrs to give you a result.

What a clinician does with that result is variable as well. A lot depends on how ill/frail the patient is (or how young) and whether they're immunosuppressed. The bottom (front-bottom in this case) line is that most simple UTIs clear up themselves if you drink plenty of water and the urine doesn't look like pus to start with. Persistent and chronic UTIs in the very young, the very old and the debilitated sometimes need more work/antibiotics.

note 1: A&E will only use a dipstick and check for protein in the urine - that's not what I would call a result. That can only come from taking a sample and sending it to the lab.

note 2: "something as basic as a urine test" (snort)

see http://labtestsonline.org.uk/understanding/analytes/urine-culture/tab/faq/ if you can be bothered

</Microbiologist hat>

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

John 110

Re: Even in 2016

I want to upvote you for the "twats on motorbikes" but downvote you for the "too lazy to walk to the bus stop". Now I'm confused.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

John 110
FAIL

Re: Reading this leaves me with one simple question...

@ShelLuser

"Looks to me as if she knew exactly what files she needed"

Do you work in IT? They NEVER know what files they need. But they DO know that the ones you painstakingly retrieved for them are the wrong ones...

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

John 110

Purple Hair?

I take it you were too young to notice the curvy ladies in full-body string vests then? (or hunky gents, if that's what floats...wait it was a submarine, wasn't it!)

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

John 110
Joke

Re: Well...

"control over the banks..."

I recognize the individual words, but the actual sentence makes no sense to me...

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

John 110

Frozen north

The clearly expressed democratic will of MY people is clearly different to that of yours...

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DARPA demands brand-new command … IN SPAAACE!

John 110
Joke

Wait

Hasn't Hallmark already been used as a name! I'm gonna have to be extra careful not to send granny a satellite instead of a card on Granny's Day...

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

John 110

Re: Adventurous

I don't think it was "his" referendum per se.

And according to the Fount of all Internet Knowledge (begins with a W), the turnout of 84.6% was the highest recorded for an election or referendum in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage.

44.7% of those (1.6 million people) voted "Yes".

Just sayin'

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John 110

Re: Does the Unicorn ...

Ooo, that might have been a mythtake...

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John 110

Re: our national animal, the unicorn

Dangerous bastards, unicorns

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

John 110

Re: Hmmm

That's not ephemeral though... (unless he didn't kick...wait I have to think about this)

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

John 110

"...how many politicians and civil servants who had dealings with NHS procument now work for these a$$holes ripping off the taxpayer !"

Lots

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

John 110
Unhappy

"The yellow face, it burns us, precious!"

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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

John 110

Re: Pillock

@vinceh

Sorry for the rant (I had a colleague who was diabetic and a diabetic grandson)

@Bill B

That's what I meant to say...

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John 110

Pillock

"could have notified the son directly, rather than going through to his dad."

Have you ever dealt with someone having a hypo? At best they need talked through the procedure to fix it (go get some sugar or drink some lucozade), at worst they need third party intervention. It's not clear from the article whether the message to dad was first or second line response (you know, inform the diabetic, if nothing changes, then inform somebody else)

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

John 110
Angel

And...

...Lazarus did rise from the ashes...

http://www.lazarus-ide.org/

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

John 110

Re: What about the Time Flies by... by Half Man, Half Biscuit?

What a disappointment - I thought a carog was some sort of archaic measure like a fother (40 bushels, if you want to know)

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Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications

John 110

Re: Yay

Should that be "using a phone" ?

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

John 110

Re: UI changes

"If I install a user desktop, after install, all my hardware had better work"

I know I talked about grannies up there a bit, but I have to leap to Linux's defence here. When I installed Mint on a new PC a couple of years ago _all_ my hardware worked out of the box except an ancient samsung scanner/printer, which worked after I installed the correct driver from the Samsung website. Oh and the new install didn't spend all day rebooting itself and downloading updates (all the updates were downloaded in one go and didn't require a reboot.)

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John 110

Re: Er... NO!!!!

I don't think we actually mean the GUI when the phrase "more like Windows" is bandied about. I think we mean something that your granny can use without having to phone you every two minutes.

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ICO fines NHS trust £185K for publicly airing personnel files

John 110
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Re: Im sorry

Because when you fire somebody, you get a new somebody who'll just go and make the same stupid mistake again. The real answer is to remove a non-typing finger (you know the one!!) and turn the debacle into a learning opportunity.

That's the NHS way!

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Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

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Re: Thunderbird needed resources better spent on Firefox,

The Pale Moon team also do Fossamail forked from Thunderbird with the same philosophy as it's web browser big brother.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

John 110

Re: Odd moral dilemma he created for himself

I imagine that Flash is/was fresh in the job. I remember that when I was new, I was eager to please while at the same time heady with the responsibility. And aware of how difficult it is to get a decision out of management.

Rather than ask what to do with misaddressed email and still be waiting for a decision when I retired, as an eager to help people young IT professional, I might have done what Flash did.

Of course, when the inevitable saucy email arrived, I would turn it all off again and let it bounce and pretend I hadn't done nothin...

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

John 110
Windows

Re: Hunger determination

@Efros

Translation note:

To transition this to East Coastish

1) replace all instances of "Ah" with "Eh"

2) replace all instances of "pie" with "peh"

3) replace "deep fried pizza" with "Farfir Bridie"

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Monster crowdfunding total raised for Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

John 110

I hope you can...

...poke in the atic-atac infinite life poke, the only thing that made it possible to finish as far as my kids were concerned. Ah, we had many happy family hours mapping that spooky old house...

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