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Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

Alistair

@IAS

No, not just you IAS. In my case it depends on which side of the screen the effect is on -- on the left I get full 3D results -- if its off to my right it drops. Something to do with my "flat spot" on the right cornea .... At least for the sake of the 8 year old's entertainment I'm willing to suffer the headache, but I came to regret every single minute of Avatar 3d.

Grumpy old guy since I'm dealing with a chain of folks that don't want to own their roles today ....

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

Alistair
Coat

Chelsea and Lilly got together?

So, ... thats when "Selfie" was recorded.....

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

Alistair
Pint

Re: Small correction for you El Reg

I see you found the helium enhanced beer IAS.

Beer, regular kind:

For the engineers that will be chasing down the leak, and for Spartacus to get back to non-squeaky.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Alistair
Mushroom

no armageddon here thanks

SSL libraries contain a code flaw.

That on SERVER processes will allow one to read RANDOM blocks of 64Kb freed memory.

This is not the internet Armageddon that its being made out to be. Yes, possible. Yes it might leak passwords, yes it might leak credit card details. It has NOT been effectively demonstrated in the WILD. You *really* need to have a pretty damned good idea of what you're getting back to make any sense of it.

I'm poking at my brand spanking new dsl router (yes, ssl enabled webpage, uses 1.0.1c). No server keys so far. 9 hours. Lots of HTTP headers, lots of utter garbage. Lots of (oddly) 0'ed pages. No keys.

Even better:

https://www.cloudflarechallenge.com/heartbleed

Try it. take a look at the crap you get back. At *best* I've seen 3 or 4 HTTPS session keys.

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

Alistair
Pint

Re: And pray that nobody used a web admin interface

Absolute kudo's to Cloudflare for making the point that its just plain not internet armageddon.

The data returned are randomized based on where there is free memory - so -- yes its POSSIBLE to get critical data. But -- 64K blocks on a machine with how much memory + where is the free memory.

Most of the stuff you're likely to get back is garbage. And good luck figuring out just what it was you got back.

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IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?

Alistair
Coat

skillset requirements in IT

Sadly - the number one skillset I've seen missing in IT is communications. If you cant explain it to someone in upper management it can be *very* hard to get leverage to solve the problem.

I've been in IT for (aaaaak) pretty much 34 years now. And working with my current employer for 15 of those. I recognize that gives me a huge advantage, knowing history on systems here, but I also get to play with the newer toys when they get here - because I can show a history of having learned new stuff, made it work, and work well. And in the cases where it was appropriate, having stood up, admitted I blew it the first time, and presented a solution to make it better.

I love digging into the new things, and getting a handle on them. Usually I only need a few days to get the basics, a few weeks to get the overall and a month or two to get conversant with the inner workings. IT would be boring without new toys.

I firmly believe if you aren't learning something new fairly consistently, your a prime candidate for being automated (or outsourced) out of a job. But then I'm a screaming cynic.

Back to my hadoop playground.

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Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

Alistair
Coat

Has anyone seen Carl this week?

Yo:

Icahn('t) -> look over there

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

Alistair
Coat

Idea for a patent law firm:

Sylvester McMonkey McBean - Patent Law.

(with respect to Dr Seuss)

Proves, you can't teach a Sneech.

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Microsoft in OPEN-SOURCE .Net love-in with new foundation

Alistair
Coat

apparently *nix desktops are worth looking at

A/V for linux anyone? (frisk's product is decent, but really, do we want that beast from Intel ?)

I do hope that the ASP.Net stuff is thoroughly severed from the OS connections it relies on now.

Personally I'd still not be inclined to install (.NET) anything on my desktop.

That said, despite DLL hell on the MS side, this will make some things (hint, games) more likely to see the light of day on the *nix side of the battle.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

Alistair
Coat

global warming issues. Ask a Canadian.

After this winter I'll bet there are a *lot* more sceptical Canadians.

As for statistics. We (collectively) have about 85 years of *reasonably* accurate data. The globe is > 3 billion years old.

Don't blink.

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Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

Alistair
Childcatcher

Re: >> The part about "A recent survey" just makes me think of the daily fail

I have for years used an email tagline.

The sum total of intelligence on the planet is a constant.

I think we passed 7 Billion last year did we not?

(oddly, its a relevant icon)

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Alistair
Coat

Re: O.K. Alistair so what type and style of Press release do you like?

I personally prefer "blank". It leaves so much open to interpretation.

(you didn't specify, but just in case I'll get me....)

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

Alistair
Pint

Thread -> I want my brown

Have an upvote on that one.

(yup, we need a dragon icon)

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

Alistair
Pint

Which hospital did he go to?

Just want to send flowers to Oscar. Hope the defibrillator didn't burn off too much chest hair.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

Alistair
Big Brother

Re: Telnet traffic?

At least *someone* else caught that bit.

I beat SA's back to userland if I catch them using telnet.

Netcat now.....

appropriate icon is appropriate

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

Alistair
Coat

TLAs or SLAs Whatever. Its friday, its finally spring, the sun is out.

Still kinda cold out there, but I'm eating my lunch on the porch thanks.

Sales and TLA's go hand in glove with management. One needs several espresso's for those meetings.

Alistair, you have to take the lead at these moments. When the sales droid is firing off TLA's left right and centre during the presentation, you need to come back with an even larger array of them in your questions. In reality I think one really wants to fire back with NLA's to see just how confused the SD can be made. Its quite entertaining.

Peter S:

I don't have to monitor the coffee pot. I just take it back to my desk. Anyone touches it they die.

( IAS, I've found explosives handy protecting the chocolate stash, but I take a hands on approach with my coffee)

Charles:

quadcopter. Nuff said.

Its Friday Folks, go out and enjoy.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

Alistair
Joke

Where are they now type things

Oh look -- Theres a new shiny on Mars!

(lets see how **that** flies on faceblat)

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

Alistair
Pint

MIssing theme music for the parade:

Just because Its Friday and I'm grumpy still

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIKGV2cTgqA

(SFW)

(its all new math)

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

Alistair
Alien

Caves.....

Daneel?

Is that you?

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

Alistair
Boffin

Gnew Gnome

I've never been a gnome fan, over 18 plus years of linux desktop use. Personally I've always preferred KDE, even in the ugly 4.0 days. I will of course give this a poke when it gets into my distro, but I doubt I'll end up using it. I imagine my youngest will be happier with that than with unity. *(he's 8, and doesn't care about the OS, uses them all).

I'm now exIBM so can comment -> the technical roll out of linux desktops for the GD group I worked with apparently was mostly painless. I (being the linux nut of the area) spent a bit of time explaining subtle logical differences to quite a number of bodies, but overall other than Visio and Project, there were few that were stuck using the embedded windows VM for much more than those two applications. Heck, even the three Windows Admins I worked with preferred the linux version of the desktop on their laptops (and I quote) if only because Notes runs so much more stably on it. The difficult bit for them was learning to manage remote disk mapping for their RDP sessions.

I'm currently being asked questions by a neighbor who works for IT in my town. Its rather looking like they are considering a Munich style move, but with some of those "lessons learned" tuned into their process. Apparently it could save my (not particularly large) municipality in the area of $1.2M to $2.6M per year.

I've seen all the "OMG you cant replace MS with linux, its shit" posts around here. I'll agree, I wouldn't hand a fedora LiveCD to most of the non technical folks I know and say "Install this it will fix your problem", but most of the commentary from the windows advocates ***does not apply*** in a managed and controlled business IT environment. In the same way that MS took over the computing world by taking over the business desktop, I believe that slowly, but surely, linux desktops will become more common. They will be carefully managed in the same way that MS windows desktops are carefully managed in the enterprise. Eventually, even if the erosion is *purely* due to financial aspects, I see linux desktops becoming more and more common.

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

Alistair
Pint

teens tweets twats and twits.

Dabbsy:

Its bad enough that you steal my first name, but now your stealing my antifans. I'll have to go get this Reput thing and make sure your honesty levels are ranked very low.

On the other hand your sense of humour deserves a fairly high ranking.

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Some first-wave big data projects 'written down' says Deloitte

Alistair
Coat

Re: Standard consultant PR

"What they don't reveal, for equally obvious reasons, is the percentage of those projects that fail, because of the assistance of consultants and system integrators."

FTFY

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

Alistair
Coat

Some psychopathic ass got himself back in the news

Stop giving him what he wants already --

ATTENTION.

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

Alistair
Coat

With a name like Hurricane

He should understand turbulence well. Good man for the job I'll wager.

well -- its ALMOST Friday.

Yes, yes, mines the one with the "candu reactors for idiots" in the pocket

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John McAfee declares war on Android

Alistair
Pint

Re: Plant

Have an upvote *and* a beer sir.

I had to reset my account password just for upvote and this - -thanks for making an otherwise ugly morning a smile sir.

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My name is Dabbsy and I am an EMAILOHOLIC

Alistair
Pint

Not me, no not me, but a friend has

Had several domain names registered over the years and has (websitetarget)@(domainname).(tld) for a rather long list of websites -- it has been interesting to see his stats on which websites throw your email addy out there for marketing purposes. But he doesn't have a problem. No. Not an issue with :

(last I checked) 700+ email addresses.

and its is friday. Beer.

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

Alistair
Coat

Need to send name "VGER"

Must be on the list.

Coat required, it will be cold up there.

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'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

Alistair
Flame

Trevor:

Some of us have had to change colours a few times over the years.

Sadly Joe never managed to lean the party far enough over the other way and Maureen refused to run against Muleroony, and well, John from Cabot Cove is dead.

Trudeau doesn't have the weight his father carried and far too many Canadians despise the idea of a dynasty (not that what PET did was *all* good, re: deficit budgeting)

The NDP are sadly adrift, since the CAW and most of the teachers unions here are no longer unions but investment houses, and the only leader(s) they've ever had with stamina and integrity are dead.

Honestly the result will likely be another Tory government, hopefully a weak minority government. What worries me most is a solid BQ contingent which is highly likely next time round. That house would not be able to refuse the TPP. The *people* might scream blue bloody murder, but neither the senate nor the house would refuse it.

As a society, all over the planet, we need to yell, and yell loudly, NOW at our media, our politicians and anyone else that will listen about this abomination being built in secret, designed to give the corporate world unfettered access to financial controls, natural resources, governmental leverage, slave labour, *and* the capability to hide all these abuses in a wrapper of outright secrecy and lies.

Dammit, I think I've gone and ruined a perfectly good dinner working myself up to this rant.

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

Alistair
Facepalm

education issue.

Every disposal container *I've* ever seen -- and I have family in the hospital biz --

has a great huge honking label on it .

I don't imagine that even in Mexico, in even the smallest hospital, that the radiologist packing it up wouldn't make sure that label was in place.

Darwin award candidates - make sure they don't have children first, and I'm guessing that they are stupid enough not to KNOW they have children if they opened something with that label on it.

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Fancy knocking off early? Just run our fake computer crash 'virus', say admen

Alistair
Pint

Re: while we're on fake...

Yes,

its friday

Changing screen saver, ......

Oh -- damn I'm WFH.

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What, another one? Violin appoints its third EMEA boss this year

Alistair
Facepalm

someone stop me

They played the worlds smallest violin for him on his way out?

(we need a facepalm)

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Instagram Act: UK.gov's latest copyright landgrab stymied - for now

Alistair
Joke

@DonJefe

Don:

You do realize that the presence of common sense in your comment to this article marks you for removal from the internet? Its just not allowed any more.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

Alistair
Coat

Canuck

Start my day with my Timmie's doubledouble. Sorry - need the 18%cream jolt of fatty goodness.

For Tea however,

Red Rose. Tetley always tastes like the broom that was used to sweep it off the blending room floor.

Boiling water -- at least 45 seconds on full boil off the burner, electric kettles don't run on *boil* long enough to really get the water hot enough. POT dammit. One teabag in a cup? you're making 3 cups worth of tea in one shot.

2% (or partly skimmed) milk is acceptable if one is on a really low calorie diet, otherwise, whole milk. Come on -- ENJOY the tea please.

Sugar - I'm not one for weird stuff normally plain white works for me, but an occasional treat is unbleached granulated sugar. Honey goes in things like chamomile.

I know you folks over the pond can't get Red Rose. Its sad really. I cant drink tea in the states. They just plain don't get it.

Mind you - a nice jasmine green with my sushi is good at lunch.

Oh -- speaking of which - off to lunch I go

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Fukushima fearmongers: It's YOUR FAULT Japan DUMPED CO2 targets

Alistair
Pint

Re: Humans aren't responsible enough for nuclear power

Chernobyl still has some residents inside the exclusion zone. They never moved. They still eat the food they grow. They have not sprouted a second head. Not to say that its "Safe" to live there -- but there is discussion about the original estimation of scientists having been a logical extension of "take the worst case and multiply by ten to be safe".

Fukushima is being hyped into a "worst case possible" situation - primarily due to overall media ignorance of the reality and helpfully pushed over the edge by the hypergreen types.

IAEA estimates put our waste levels at 180,000 metric tonnes of spent fuel world wide, plus 730,000 cubic metres of low level radioactive waste products (from generation, reprocessing and processing steps) plus about 1,800,000,000 cubic metres of mill tailings from uranium mining.

The real nasty stuff, the spent fuel.... well -- the issue of disposing of it is more how to transport it to the location where we can bury it. I believe that Canada's disposal locations were built to handle everything our reactors were putting out times 10. Admittedly there are very few geologically stable locations, we Canucks are lucky on that front.

The low level reaction byproducts and production byproducts aren't likely to be as difficult to move about, although the vitrification plants will have to eventually consume themselves -- its still *far* less than the waste produced by burning coal. At all.

Where we have a serious concern are mill tailing from the mining process - this volume is huge, and some of the heavy metals in there are ugly indeed. Mostly this is being reprocessed for rare earths and where possible being put back where it was found. The uglier part of this is the liquid components. Sadly I don't see relevant data on how the waste liquids are handled outside of Canada, and in that case there is a successive process of sedimentation and floculants - although I cannot find stats on what volumes were produced and then processed, or what is done with the sedimentary waste.

It was an interesting afternoon's read, but I think you've bought the green hype on the waste product front. It seems the IAEA has a reasonably good set of data and there are at least in a couple of locations decent material handling processes to cope with the waste.

Finally, in several cases, Thorium salt reactors have been proposed to finally consume the last waste products from PLWR and PBWR and Gas cooled reactors. So -- following UP on the techology could well help mop up from the errors and things overlooked in the process so far.

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Alistair
Mushroom

Thank you Lewis

I know that many many will disagree with quite a few of your points.

I however am a pragmatist and a realist, not an ideologue. Thus although some of your data points will never be *either* proven or disproved, I must wholeheartedly agree with the overall sentiment.

We NEED nuclear. ITER is 15 or 20 years from fruition at best, and 50 or 60 years from being functionally working in the real world. There are nuclear options that *can* provide the energy we do need and will need in the future. Fossil fuels will come to an end. Perhaps not this decade or in the next 5. But they will end. Renewable energy sources are subject to the same vagaries of nature that we are saying will be horribly negatively affected by the carbon levels in the atmosphere.

Stop the evacuation from the nuclear energy lifeboat that is sitting here for us. Lets get back to reality and work on IMPROVING nuclear energy and start building the plants that will provide the energy the human race needs to keep moving forward.

I'll eat the downvotes for backing Lewis. This is something I believe.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

Alistair
Coat

Documentation

The best "how to" documentation I've ever seen was the blue on white manual that shipped with my minix disks.

/ducks and runs

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SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Alistair
Flame

Wow.

I just peeled off a three page rant.

And then decided not to post it -- a lot of it was almost incoherent.

Its bad enough that the objectives in here feed only CORPORATE interests, but that the effort was done entirely or at least attempted entirely in secret turns my stomach.

Government of the people by the corporates for the corporates.

This makes it clear how wrong things really are in the world today.

10 minutes of relevant listening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0zp9uX9B6I

(yeah its youtube, you don't have to comment ya know)

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Who! wants! cursed.com? Yahoo! flogs! domains! in! multimillion-dollar! sale!

Alistair
Linux

How about domainparking.com

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How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

Alistair
Pint

Harpy Birfday - enjoy sir.

"What has always struck me is the immense personal satisfaction you can experience when you successfully run your own macro, batch file or script that saves you, ooh, all of three minutes – despite the fact that you spend the best part of the previous three days trying to get it to work. OK, clearly that’s just me, but you get the point."

Umm no, its not just you. Perhaps its a trait of Alistairs the world over.

And have a beer on me if you'd like

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Canadian Vultures shave bare for winter

Alistair
Gimp

@TrevorP

I'd say having a bare dome before the first snowfall will require the addition of that Canadian Tradition.

Time for a toque. Preferably a Molsons Canadian toque.

(Kudo's on the numbers so far, and go get 'em on Movember -- I'm too babyface to compete)

Cooo loo coo coo coo coo coo coo

(sorry -- patriotic moment there, icon as its the closest thing we have to a REAL Canadian hat)

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iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

Alistair
Coat

phone batteries -

I've had -- Ericsson, Sony, Blackberry, Samsung, some unknown chinese binfiller - phones.

The Ericsson ate three batteries, proprietary, and annoying, (but oddly cheap) in one year. 30 seconds to replace.

The blackberry(ies) I easily trashed a battery a year -- but tended to have two on hand since I spent so much time on conference calls --- not cheap but easy to swap, and the the wall charger for the battery was cheaper than the battery itself.

The chinese binfiller phone managed for 6 months under the stress, then overheated itself one night and melted most of its internal solder. -- no idea about the battery on that one other than the fact that it stank to high heaven when it died.

The Sony -- 8 or 9 years on the battery still works and takes a charge, my youngest is using the phone as an music player. (no sim), but I did buy the replacement. Its still in the sealed plastic bag in a drawer somewhere - that was horribly expensive.

Sammy -- at almost a year -- I clear the battery out in a day easily - -but again -- lots of time on the phone, and now fairly heavy data usage -- but the charge takes about 2 1/2 hours and seems to be holding steady. Prices seem to be reasonable and it takes about 30 seconds to swap one.

what we really really really need is for these damn phone manufacturers to do away with these stupid battery things. Give us permanent nuclear energy in our damn phones right now.

/oops/ did I type that out loud? /oops/

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How to spot a coders comment

Alistair
Linux

comments

RPGII ? Someone put comments in RPGII code? they musta been fired

Best one I've seen:

# Just because security thinks they know what they are talking about, even if we don't agree

umask 0377

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

Alistair
Linux

trackball. Trackball again, and once more.

Dual screens at a minimum (16:10 dammit, 16:9 is for youtoob), trackball to get rid of mouse, trackpad and the ridiculous little red button pointer, although I DO use the little red button pointer when I need to keep fingers on the keyboard, just that a trackball does much better on visio.

Chair. Lumbar support and *very* tall. I have a short torso and looooong legs. About 40% of office chairs just plain don't go high enough. And armrests that can be tilted forward to line up with the keyboard area.

I have chewed through at least 12 bluetooth headsets in 7 years -- mostly due to internal batteries going south after several thousand discharge/recharge cycles, and a couple due to a gallivanting 4 year old deciding that daddy's headset was cool. Currently -- Creative WP250's that took about a week of twiddling about with to get the in ear positioning right.

Most of this -- other than the footrest -- is not in my territory for "right" -- and especially if it doesn't ship with linux based management tools or applications -- there are more and more offices going linux

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Mac fans: You don't need Windows to get ripped off in tech support scams

Alistair
Holmes

Re: Spam HandlIng Therapy

teamviewer works on linux

Gentoo. Xvwm. teamviewer.

Confusion.

laughter.

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Canucks on Rogers Wireless (Oct 9 2013) ??

Alistair
Coat

Canucks on Rogers Wireless (Oct 9 2013) ??

Anyone here using Rogers Wireless today?

(just because I don't)

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

Alistair
Happy

This is an excellent article on Aspergers in the workplace. I'll have to get my middle child (HFA) to read it. He's just started a work placement/internship out of school.

Me on the other hand, if I don't have 6 things to work on at the same time, I get bored. Oh -- look a squirrel,

I've been ADD for lets see ...

Hey -- look, update for RHEL5!

many years now... but sometimes it

(edited that for ya, you should be good to go now)

Helps.

And some folks just thing I'm plain insane.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Alistair
Pint

Raspberry PI. Pie. Piiiiiie. -- oh look pumpkin!

must be lunchtime.

What my pottering about on a PET, Sinclair, ZX80, and a TRS 99 did not really teach me:

how to code (although I did learn several good basic bits)

how to use a computer (although I did get a pretty good basic idea)

how to create pretty pictures (something I've never done)

it taught me how to understand the inner workings of a piece of machinery that did not have obvious cams, cranks, connectors, wheels, or springs. It taught me the fundamental bits of logic used still, to this day, in managing systems, solving problems, and setting up environments. Now admittedly I've added a hell of a lot to that knowledge over the last 30 years of this, but the basics came from there.

And dear god, I've been doing this for far too long I think.

And -- just because they're cranking out a really neat item, that is apparently selling reasonably well, BEER.

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Block, censor, ban: India the biggest loser in online freedom stakes

Alistair

I'd love to know

Why did they not rank Canada?

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

Alistair
Pint

Is it me, or is video dolt driving and filming at the same time?

and can we find it and beat it till it promises to never touch a phone while in the drivers seat?

On topic:

I think that the issue is that the firefighters came at it with water at all -- it is a Tesla, know as an all electric. Personally I'd be inclined to use CO2 from the git go on that beast for *any* fire -- not water. Just on principle.

How it caught fire -- this is what we'll have to be paying attention to. What I've read is that it "ran over a large metal object" - something that could well have damaged a gasoline or propane vehicle as much as the Tesla. **that bit** I want to see how Elon deals with.

27 8x10 colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and diagrams on the back of each one

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Steve Jobs AIRBRUSHED from history by APPLE months before his death

Alistair
Coat

I found this book ....

Glass etching for dummies.

I wonder ......

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