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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

Uncle Siggy

Re: I wonder if all those warehouse people think about this in middle of August?

There's a nasty little loop in there some where. Hrm. Work for 5 years, cash out, and apply for a new position...

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Google to open up Glass program to anyone with $1,500 to spare

Uncle Siggy

How much will it cost?

How much will it set me back to prevent this from happening?

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Office, IE, Flash fixes accompany Windows XP's final Patch Tuesday

Uncle Siggy

Open Letter to Adobe

Enough with the fucking tool bar installations! Thank you.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

Uncle Siggy

Researcher Compensation

Doesn't four free games with a year long subscription to X-Box Live constitute a developer's account?

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

Uncle Siggy

Incognito

Why are Google and Facebook in such a hurry to deploy the NSA's next observation deck?

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

Uncle Siggy

Re: Greedy

What has captured my attention is that the judges reduced the amount of the pay out to nothing when he asked for more. That is perplexing. Was it vindictiveness or a technicality?

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

Uncle Siggy

Great for multimedia

I organize Heroclix games and host at a local library with a giant flat screen that can accommodate the Chromecast. I use my MacBook Pro and Chromecast with Chrome to tabcast alternately Netflix (superhero movies or cartoons) and Pandora (video game, game culture music) to make the atmosphere fun. Rules, rulings, schedule and game website are kept in other tabs. I cast the appropriate tab during the different points in the tournament, best of all showing everyone their past and present standings. All this across the miserable wireless connection of the library. There are good days and bad, but everyone agrees that it has enhance the gaming experience.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Uncle Siggy

Re: I don't like....

> Victim culture strikes again.

Idiot culture is alive and well too, it seems.

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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Uncle Siggy

Bird Brains

I for one welcome our new swarms of unmanned aerial overlords.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

Uncle Siggy
Joke

She was asking for it

Bully Bar Patron: Shut those things off.

Irritating Bitch: No!

Bully Bar Patron: Gimme!

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

Uncle Siggy

Re: Useful criticism?

"Must be a sign of the times, any criticism that isn't couched in touchy feely everyone's a winner language is abuse."

This remark is doubleplusgood.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Uncle Siggy

Re: it all begins to sound

"Have to agree with some other comments; Microsoft are seriously in danger of becoming irrelevant in OS terms."

As Microsoft staggers into the sunset, we can see the word "Apple" etched into the handle of the knife in its back. With Microsoft's cadaverous arm draped across the shoulder of Intel, only slightly less cadaverous, leans on its old friend whose free hand was just recently twisting something into its back. Tattooed on the back of each player's neck the word "Wintel".

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Boffins build sticky-limbed lizard-bots to tend spacecraft

Uncle Siggy

I for one...

I for one welcome our Arthropodic overlords.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

Uncle Siggy

Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...

Practically: Radio transmission jamming

Impractically: tractor beam

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Tolkien 'almost became WWII code-breaker alongside Alan Turing'

Uncle Siggy
Mushroom

Epic Pooh

This film sounds about as enticing as does a big screen adaptation of the Sillymarillion, and could be nothing but epic pooh.

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Google deletes Maps satellite photos of 14-year-old's unsolved murder

Uncle Siggy

Re: I would have thought

' I guess for yanks it's like that with murders. "Oh damn, really must remember to tell the police I saw that guy get shot. Nah, forget it, I'm sure the guy was standing his ground".'

Nice generalization. We have one of our own; the British are friendly and honorable people. I am glad to see that at least one of you have proven that it is indeed a generalization.

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Dropbox: We're worth $8 BILLION and we'll sell you a 3 per cent slice

Uncle Siggy
Stop

My privacy is worth more

than 8 BEEEEEELLION dollars.

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What's wrong with network monitoring tools? Where do I start...

Uncle Siggy

Square Wheel

Instead of recreating the square wheel that conditions admins to ignore rather than respond to a high noise to signal ratio, I suggest a different route. We use Splunk to scrape our logs and deliver diagnostic payloads to the people who need them. Our developers have caught bugs before they hit production because the queries are tested along with the code. Want to see a trend before services tip over and be notified? What about researching dependency trees? Making assumptions based on static graphs, rather than interrogating logs? More "classic" monitoring is the answer to nothing.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

Uncle Siggy

Competition is good

It looks like Microsoft are chasing the niche, but without a nice solution. Adapt Windows for phone, fail. Adapt tablet for Windows, fail. Try try again. I hope they come up with something truly innovative, because a disruption in the marketplace is always welcomed. iPhone in my pocket and Macbook Pro tethered, gives me access to the computing power I need, and the 6.5 mbit connection I like. That includes my trusty and venerable Windows XP virtual image (the absolute pinnacle of usefulness and stability for a Microsoft product). Linux is everywhere I work. I regret not having had the time to have a Linux phone experience. Anyone can avoid vendor lockout by having private resources for the data most adored by people, but it seems many of us to choose to give up our privacy. This intrusion into privacy by phone, tablet and desktop appear to be the LCD. Surface is just another device for owning you.

Disruption, disruption disruption. Instead of devices, we should disrupt services.

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Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

Uncle Siggy
Headmaster

Re: But...

The word "guy" is already gender neutral.

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

Uncle Siggy

Re: Can't Google remove the apps from phones

"It probably was until Amazon was stung with the "1984" scandal. Suddenly, people wondered: if the app stores can remove apps from my device, what's to say they could abuse it to, say, remove sideloaded apps?"

Like an image scraper that publishes my selfies from my photo albums to their portal?

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Uncle Siggy

ILOVEYOU

I was going to make a Piers Anthony reference, but how crass is that?

Since leaving XP and Microsoft products behind, having moved my workloads to a mix of Linux/OSS, Solaris and Apple products, I don't have any issue with 300 MEEEELION Zombies flooding the Internet with its filth. I began the migration from M$ products once a co-worker got the Isle of View virus in May 5th, 2000. What's that? I did get a Piers Anthony reference into a thread about Windows XP? +1 to me!

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ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

Uncle Siggy

Stitch in time...

Perhaps we can get this space faring seamstress to knit a new ISS module to replace replace the OPSEK project the Russians are proposing.

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

Uncle Siggy

Re: Deja vu

> How will humans cope moving rapidly from having to work to get what they want to a world of largely idle

> leisure? Many pensioners cope, and hardened career doleys, but will that suit the rest of us?

You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.

Resistance is futile.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

Uncle Siggy

BUST

Bust

Up

Sachet

Terminius

BURST

Burst

Uprising

Random

Sailing

Terminus

BAIL

Bail

Altitude

Initiation

Lever

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

Uncle Siggy

The Verge reports that Google says this is temporary... or not.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/25/4657202/google-blocks-chromecast-app-that-let-you-stream-own-videos

Quote from Google:

We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available.

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Uncle Siggy

Re: Think Sony has dropped content management.

> Sadly I have to "manage" a technophobe friend's iPod and end up swearing at

> iTunes every time !

That's a worse fate than being sequestered in a forced-out room.

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Uncle Siggy

T-Mobile

T-Mobile does this kind of thing to it's customers, except they call the forced-out room a "coverage area".

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Uncle Siggy

Re: Wow they are lucky

Sooo...

Is it safe to say that a BSC is a pink slip for unmotivated employees?

I seek new employment within minutes after my boss's beheading here in the US. Only bigger hint that I may not fit is when the next project doesn't have a name.

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Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

Uncle Siggy

In a possibly related story, archaeologists have identified The Teletubbies enigmatic vacuum, Noo-noo, as a pre/posthistoric progenitor of the Daleks in an alternate time/space dimension. If you listen carefully to the sucking noises the automaton makes, one can hear the discreet whisper of INGURGITATE, INGURGITATE!

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Torvalds frustrated at missing simultaneous release

Uncle Siggy

Re: @JDX

>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/22/linus_torvalds_linux_bloated_huge/

Four year old article get!

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

Uncle Siggy

Re: oh boy

The number is proportional to the number of spooks who participate in civil disobedience/protestes.

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Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

Uncle Siggy

Getting plastered

Well, there goes my tattoo idea.

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

Uncle Siggy

Clearly this is Apple's fault

Apple's cock up, Sevier's arse.

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Asperger's and IT

Uncle Siggy

Welcome to Infrastructure King

Your extremely specific infrastructure order is our mumble mumble.

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MySpace zaps millions of teens' tearful rants, causes wave of angst

Uncle Siggy

Re: What you post can vanish at any time...

"We could probably add CompServe to the list."

And thus begins the long litany of services that delivered customer/freetard data, which eventually disappeared. So, to get the list underway, I offer the very first instance, and leave it to you to fill in the gaps.

We could probably add The Serpent in The Garden that tempted Adam and Eve.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Uncle Siggy

Re: Sega

"or my friends and I, pronouncing it correctly, were bigger geeks than we thought?"

One of the qualifications of being a geek is not being aware that you are.

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Peak txt: 1.5 BEELLLION more chat app msgs sent than SMSes a day

Uncle Siggy
Thumb Up

Re: The council text you when they come to empty your bins?

Here in Puget Sound (Seattle), our regional transportation system sends me a text message when a bus or train goes kaput or has been delayed, but only for the lines I'm interested in. A bit ironic though to get a text telling you that the train you've been sitting on for a quarter of an hour, motionless, has been stalled. Thumbs up because it could be worse.

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COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO: NASA rovers scrawl giant willy on Mars

Uncle Siggy

thin red line

NASA's cock up. Mars' arse.

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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

Uncle Siggy
Mushroom

Re: Flickering?

> That's not a flickering candle, that's a towering inferno

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. And Apple have burned so very very brightly.

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Tick-tock! 40% of PCs start Windows XP malware meltdown countdown

Uncle Siggy
Thumb Up

Re: Twatty?

Fair enough!

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Uncle Siggy
Mushroom

"Our company uses both MS and Unix solutions both have their purpose and both have their ups and downs."

Your preamble to this remark was boring and very twatty. Read like the typical prattle of a wannabe management scold. If you are interviewing people who avow one or the other solution as The Solution, then you've got something wrong with your Human Resources department (probably gave them a very twatty job description).

Pro Tip: You want people who say this at some point in the interview, "I want to deploy solutions I can support."

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

Uncle Siggy

idle playthings - WAS: An idiotic sheep baaaaas ...

I think you are overlooking the obvious. There's a team that just became redundant. With fewer applications, more idle hands, and Devil's work to do, it won't be long before doing no evil becomes impractical.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Uncle Siggy
Pirate

Re: I find it amusing

"Currently El Reg is plastered (Top of page and both sides) in adverts for this game. Already seen about 10 similar stories yesterday and today in my RSS feeds about this."

You can see adverts? I haven't seen one in years thanks to Adblock and NoScript. Unless you are talking about the articles themselves. That's a different kettle of fish.

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Curiosity Mars rover flashes pics of GREY drilled powder sample

Uncle Siggy
Alert

Twisted Metal

I find the photo inspirational, because it seems they chose to use Alligator Baggies - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wafflewhiffer/8356222283/ - twist ties to cinch the rover together. One thing Nasa, you may have wanted to give the ties one last twist before sending it off into outer space. I've used those ties to keep my camper shell on the back of my truck. I should have used duct tape and bailing wire instead.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

Uncle Siggy

Re: We should ignore it ---- Why?

I for one welcome our door handle wielding Martian overlords.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

Uncle Siggy

Michael Moorcock was heavily lifted from: http://www.multiverse.org/fora/showthread.php?t=2229 There is no mistaking Elric.

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BANG and the server's gone: Man gets 8 months for destroying work computers

Uncle Siggy
Coat

Eight months in jail will be enough time for this guy to clean up his act.

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