* Posts by gotes

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: ending his elbow

I thought he was playing air guitar.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Gotta get paid

I support a few of my favourite independent "content producers" through Patreon, which lets you decide how much you want to donate. I really couldn't care less if I lose access to poorly written articles on ad-ridden local news website because I use an ad blocker. I certainly don't want to pay a £5 a month subscription to a site that I may read one article on every couple of months.

I would prefer a pay-per-view system whereby you load up a wallet with low value tokens, and the website would request a certain number of tokens to view the content. If you don't like it, f-off or look at some adverts. Of course this service would be monitoring browsing habits, and probably start making "suggestions" (i.e. advertising).

I think content creators deserve to get paid for their work, I just prefer to pay those who I feel deserve to be paid, and in my opinion, the stuff with a shitload of intrusive ads isn't worth reading, let alone being paid for.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Re: skills shortages

If you understand the difference between a flat white and a latte, then you have all the qualifications you need to be a web developer.

Haha.. funnily enough I went for a coffee with a web dev friend of mine. he asked for a flat white and I had to get him to explain to me what it was.

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Re: The only thing any diploma can prove ...

Some people make it their life's work to earn more money. I'm quite happy to be paid a modest amount, live comfortably and go to work every day doing something I enjoy doing.

For the record, I dropped out of an electronic engineering degree in my final year. I was fine with the technical side of things but utterly hopeless at project management. I realised I was better at doing things than just writing about doing things, and I really didn't give a shit about marketing. Massive waste of my time and money. I often recommend vocational courses or apprenticeships to young people.

I'm not saying there isn't a place for academics, it's just that the most appropriate place seems to be universities.

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Re: Meh - when it comes to fraud, everything is bigger in Africa...

Now, this may or may not be true, but according to my mother, who spent her younger years Africa, in many African languages the closest translation for "corruption" is "opportunity".

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Another one

El Reg will never be the same again, RIP Lester.

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ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

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Re: How space-junk-proof is it?

Surely you jest. Ayone who watches TV cop shows knows that car body panels easily stop machinegun bullets, while bullet-proof vests leave their wearers lying on the ground, badly bruised, from only a rifle shot...

Doesn't a single bullet impact cause the whole vehicle to explode in a spectacular fireball?

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Apple's iOS updates brick iPads

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Re: Doesn't really matter

I'm still running iOS 7.1 on my iPad 3.

It still does pretty much everything I need it to do, though a number of apps refuse to install. The main problem is not being able to update Safari.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Random buttons

Don't get me started on modern cars and trying to adjust the temp while you drive down the road.

I tend to buy second hand cars that are around 10 years old. In my experience, no matter the age, vehicles tend to have similar controls. Until I was given the "key" to a brand new Passat in 2007. First off I had to find the hole in which to insert the cartridge which starts the car. Ok, found it. Push it in.

Message displayed: Depress clutch. Push clutch in, push the "key" in, engine starts, Great. So I try pushing the button marked (P) to release the handbrake, whilst depressing the accelerator and releasing the clutch. Car won't move. After 10 minutes messing about, I finally got it moving. I felt a bit ashamed of myself, since as far as I'm concerned, I can operate anything, especially if it has electronics in it. Eventually I figured out the parking brake is automatic, and it's actually ok once you get the hang of it, but it's over-engineered and just another bit of pointless electronics to go wrong.

Anyway, TL;DR, I agree.

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Re: Why Touch?

You're wrong because they disagree.

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Re: Even Windows 7 has sometimes weird UI behaviour

I frequently get caught out by the standard keyboard arrangement of the backspace key right next to the enter key. Unfortunately it seems we're stuck wit

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: For us on the left side of the pond - how much?

Even if you never watch BBC channels, you still are required to pay.

This is the stupid part. I actually pay the licence fee because I can afford it, and I may watch a couple of programmes a week. Though I spend more time listening to the radio and reading the BBC news website, neither of which I'm obliged to pay for.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: Wake me up

You'll have to source the 1000 games though.

Probably easier than sourcing a Pi Zero.

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FTDI boss hits out at 'Chinese criminal gang' pumping knock-off chips

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Re: Not much sympathy

If you read the linked article, he states that the genuine products are not made in China.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Re: Frankenstein iPhones

Personally I prefer to write "god" with a lower case g as I don't consider it a proper noun.

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While we weren't looking, the WAN changed

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Re: Footnote

These solutions are available to anyone who's willing to pay the enormous price. There's no getting round the fact that someone's going to have to dig a big trench to put your fibre in, and that doesn't come cheap. Still, it's more cost effective than relocating a big factory or farm to a city centre.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Re: PPE

Politics - keeping our class in power

Philosophy - why it is right that we run the country

Economics - how to ensure we get all the money

There was me thinking it referred to George Osborne's hi-vis and hard hat.

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What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains

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Re: Fixed it for you

@Paul Crawford: There are hackney carriages and private hire taxis outside London, too. Read the badge on the back of the vehicle.

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Oh, Zuck off: Facebook under attack for its attacks on net neutrality

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Re: Why would anyone believe a sociopath like Zuckerberg?

So when I hear a media outlet say "for more information see our facebook page" as if faecebook is one of our essential utilities and we are all expected to use it, I feel like puking

Ditto Twitter. The non-commercial BBC which makes great efforts to remove any branding from on screen products and has presenters saying things like "a popular supermarket chain" have no problem promoting these commercial social networking sites.

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Heroic

Drunk, in the middle of the night, under intense pressure attempting to debug someone else's code. Amazing.

Still, I'd have sent that artic round to the boss's house.

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UK.gov pooh-poohs Virgin Media's whinge to Brussels over beefy broadband pot

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Thanks VM

When can we expect to see Virgin Media available in rural areas then?

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Safety razor

Much better shave, too. Though a lot easier to cut yourself with.

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Gillette must have spent billions on R&D to come up with the idea of adding yet another blade to the cartridge.

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Re: Old TVs

Oh, the ultrasonic remote... We could change the TV channel by dropping a bunch of keys or clapping.

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: Powering up reality distortion field now...

It's not really about the money

Really? I completely understand the need to limit the use of dodgy knock off chargers, but if that's all they cared about they wouldn't put such a huge markup on the official accessories.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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The most likely culprit is the nitrates and other nasties that come from curing, smoking and/or cooking the meat. So eat your bacon raw and you'll be fine ;)

The article does state processed meat.

Surely uncured bacon would be "pork"?

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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Re: not a pro/anti-copyright issue

Christ. Commentards insult each other all the time. If everyone clicked the "report comment" button every time they were insulted, the mods wouldn't get a moment's rest.

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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Re: Hang on

The revolver was a different story.

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Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop

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Re: @dopebashers

"Alcohol's not a drug, it's a drink"

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OFFICIAL SCIENCE: Men are freezing women out of the workplace

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Yes. It infuriates me the amount of people who don't understand how a thermostat works. Set it to the temperature you want, not as high/low as it will go. It won't work any faster.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...

I have certain expenses in order to live, work and generate profit. Such as having premises to operate from (a house), fueling my body with food, and getting to work by car or public transport.

If all your living expenses were tax deductible, I would imagine the personal allowance would be abolished.

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Portable speakers

People who bring portable amplified speakers to a festival so they can "entertain" everyone in a 10 metre radius of their tent with their music at 4am annoy the hell out of me. Most festivals specify "no personal sound systems". I don't want to hear repetitive psytrance all night thank you very much.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

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Computer manuals

A few years ago I found the user manual for my Oric Atmos. It was the size of a paperback novel, and written in a very informal style, with a number of programs to try out.

Nowadays you get a booklet full of safety warnings in 20 languages.

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

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Re: 6310i

What utter rubbish

Whilst the 6310i was an excellent phone in terms of reliability, features and battery life, the 8210 beat it on pocketability.

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$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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Re: Have you had a closer look at that 'landfill' recently?

The main problem I have found with these "landfill" devices is that you will be stuck with whatever (probably already a couple of years old) version of Android it was supplied with. A few years down the line you find that less and less apps are supported, even though the hardware could run a newer version, the manufacturers are only interested in selling more cheap devices.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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TV rental

My dad rented the same Mitsubishi Blue Diamond set for at least 15 years before buying it off the rental company for £50. He eventually had to stop using it since it was nigh on impossible to get a VCR, DVD player and Sky box to work together to deliver a signal through a single RF connection. He would frequently ask me to sort out the mess of coax cable to "make it work", with me grumbling and insisting he should get a new one.

I believe it was still working when he got rid of it, though occasionally it would need a few smacks on top to get it to switch on.

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'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

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Computor/computer

British English vs. US English

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

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Re: That reminds me..

Pirate Windows Vista? They'd be lucky.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Re: Obligatory anti-fanboi tirade

Who are the people who pay over the odds for things?

I expect they are the same people who take out personal loans to buy a car or a piece of furniture, instead of saving up or buying second hand.

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I've actually gone pay-as-you-go, and I'm not a teenager! After analyzing my usage over the past 6 months, I realised I was only using half of my bundled minutes and only a few MB of data every month. "Handsets upgrades" are procured from eBay when I break or lose the previous one.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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Re: I didn't have sound...

Yeah, I was waiting for him to floor it.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

He said correct; all the driver's countries drive on the left, for example Japan

So what are the "driver's countries"? Not Italy or Germany then?

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: Well..

c.38000 molecules of Hitler's last piss

Pretty potent by homeopathic standards!

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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Re: 3D? Na 4P - Production of Prototype Printers Prototyped.

Tom 7: Out of interest, what is the name of this "two part metal glue"? I like to have a good selection of adhesives and I seem to be lacking something designed to bond metals. The only one I can think of is "J B Weld".

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Re: "...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."

Don't beaches have sand? That looks more "lakeside" to me.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Talking of fails...

C'mon, it's hardly Windows 8...

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Hmm.

And, to be blunt, IT is a really bloody boring hobby.

I've been an IT hobbyist since childhood, and subsequently an "IT professional", and I actually find it very interesting! A lot of hobbies will seem boring to people who aren't interested in them.

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

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Re: ...and back on topic

I think the video embedded in the article is not the "having sex" one the ASA refers to. The "shaving" one apparently wasn't banned.

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WIN a CHANCE to RECORD your WORLD in 3D

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Re: "Name the 10 phones and your entry goes into the draw for the Poppy."

I think if you'd named one "Poppy" you would have had a chance.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Netscape

In the late 90s I actually changed my preferred browser from Netscape to IE by choice because Netscape turned Navigator into "Communicator" which ran like a dog on my 486 PC. IE 3 was small and fast by comparison. I certainly wasn't tricked into using it by Microsoft.

(I'm not using IE any more, though)

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