* Posts by Wommit

236 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009

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Tech troll's podcasting patent blown out of the water by EFF torpedo

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Pint

Re: A stupid question @Cliff

Cliff, Please, don't beat about the bush, come right out with it and say what you mean.

It's no good being shy now.

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: That's why you get to know the security people

A similar incident occurred just a few weeks after I joined the RN.

The training establishment was HMS Ganges, which meant that all of the trainees (trogs) were between 15 & 16 years old. One such trog was on duty at the guard post. The duty RPO (a hideous breed spoored by the devil himself) had been briefed that, as the Captain, HMS Ganges, was attending a 'do' at the wardroom (officers mess) that night there was to be no cars allowed in via the wardroom gate. Duty RPO instructed trog (mentioned above) that "No cars were to eneter via the wardroom gate."

You can see where this is going can't you.

Trog, now standing watch all by his lonesome, has been turning away cars for a while now. And a BIG cars arrives. Trog stops the car and asks the driver to use the main gate as this one is closed. (well the actual gates were wide open but he was guarding them gates and he had bin told that they wus closed.

The cars rear window lowers to reveal an Officer,who was NOT impressed. "Do you know who I am?" he asked. "No Sir," said trog saluting. "Please may I see your ID card Sir?"

The seated Officer, now ready to rip body parts off people, showed his ID card. (Showing your ID is always a GOOD IDEA. As the guards have the right, privilege and AUTHORITY to request ID from ANYONE.) The trog handed the ID back and said "I know who you are now Sir, you're The Captain, HMS Ganges. The Captain nodded, pleased at having been recognized at last. "Now may I enter my ship?" he asked. The trog replied "No Sir, please use the main gate. I have been briefed that this gate is closed tonight."

Seething Captain relents and tells his, white faced, driver to go round to the main gate.

At the main gate the Captain stops and inquires WHO briefed the guard on the wardroom gate.

All fingers point to the Duty RPO. Who is also now white faced. But he's trembling as well.

At the conclusion to this sad tale, the RPO got a reprimand, a serious blot on ones record, and a VERY swift move to another ship. And the trog got a written commendation, for following orders inspite of the obvious difficulty he was in.

gen dit honest!

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

Don't forget the fact is that ridicule hurts. It hurts whether you're a child, adult (I was going to say "grown up", but I've read a lot of the commentards on this site.) or dribbling fanatic.

The purpose of terrorism is to terrify. If your target is laughing at you it's hard to believe that you have terrified them.

I'm sure that the leaders and organisers of the ISIS know the real effect that their propaganda is having. I'm equally sure that the average cannon fodder^W^W foot soldier hasn't. But it does bring in a few more morons who believe the bullshit that their preachers are telling them.

With so many idiots being killed in the ISIS, maybe they are doing a good thing. They are after all increasing the average IQ of the planets population.

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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My, my ...

“the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.” What will the Americans think of next?

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: Re: I guess you parents failed your first 7 years

You really don't get this whole respect thing do you. When you die do you hope people will say "Oh, he's dead now. Whats on tele tonight?" I hope someone remembers to bury / cremate your body before you start smelling too bad.

There will always be people "greater" than you. And those "lesser" than you. If you have no respect for the abilities, talents and achievements of the "greaters" how are you going to acknowledge any assistance you could give to the "lessers?" This isn't about peons knowing their place. It's about knowing when (and from where) to ask for help, and when (and to whom) to give help. I take it that you've never needed assistance in your (seemingly quite lonely) life.

And you don't respect other peoples choices. You only seem to take note of what affects you. If people are smoking in a public, outdoor area, why don't you exercise your right to move elsewhere?

I wonder, when you die will people who have never met you say "My life is better for his being here, for his work." Will someone on another continent say "Did you know ACs died, Oh my $(diety) how awful."

Will thousands of strangers want to keep your name alive?

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Pint

Re: Missed

My daughter cussed for the longest time when she heard. She too was bemoaning this embuggerance of no more pressies for her lovely Dad.

RIP Terry, loved you stories since the first. The world is better for your short visit.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Alien

RIP Mr. Nimoy

No, it's not dusty in here. With this news, I am crying.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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War office, wanna fight?

or, for land lines only - Can't talk now, I'm driving.

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Re: Culture

"and sex education tends to limit any offspring."

You don't live round here do you?

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

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Re: Umm, so not baking soda then?

You're not really trying are you?

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

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Re: Funny People.

Turtle, while I agree with you about the absurdity of this situation, I have to point out that decisions like these aren't taken by rational beings. No, they are taken by lawyers and managers. The senior staff at the hospitals and health trusts, those who don't get their hands dirty helping the patients. The people to whom patients are numbers and trends, inconveniences.

If there was any way to show that their 'bottom line' could be improved by as little as 1p per year by keeping patients alive, or patients details private, then they would fight to do so. However there is too much money to be made by killing^W allowing patients to die with dignity. Besides, it saves on the food bills too.

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Wommit

Re: How about ...

I really think it was a twunt (a bit of both.)

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Paranoid explanation

Try driving up the A34, A43, A14. Oxford to Cambridge sorted. Or do it in reverse. :)

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Powerline Networking

Wommit

I use two power line adapters to get intrwebby access & transfer stuff & sh!t around the house. I have WiFi too, but one set of PCs are in a black spot. My power line stuff hasn't ever given me a problem.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: Free Speech?

Oh for goodness sake Breakfast, stop beating about the bush and SAY WHAT YOU MEAN.

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: Toxicdragon

Er... How about e) Wait until he's finished and comes outside and arrest him then?

Just sayin'

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

Wommit
FAIL

Re: The best urban transport

"Is shanks pony.

When I lived in London, I was constantly amazed at how little extra time it took to walk the whole way than walk to the tube/bus, spend money to be exposed to filth dirt and disease, and walk the other end."

I used to walk from St Pancras to Back Hill, Many times I have been nearly killed by twats, sorry, cyclists running red lights, cycling on the pavement, cycling through parks filled with parents & kids playing. One guy knocked an old woman over (she was stupidly crossing while the pedestrian light was green, Tsk tsk) and the swore and cursed HER for being in the way!

The noticeable facts were that they were all convinced that they were in the right, they were untraceable and (I suspect) uninsured. Oh, and were all foul mouthed sods.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Re: development practices

Re : Dogged, irrespective of what Braben should or should or should not have done, Mr Braben DID NOT tell his investors that he wasn't going to include a specifically desired and publicized function.

There is a passage in the UK sale of goods act which states that goods or services must fulfill specifically advertized functions or functionality.

Under UK law the complainers have a right to a refund.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

Wommit
Pint

WOW

Beer - Check

Popcorn - Check

More beer - Check

OK now to read these comments.

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KIBOSH 'non lethal' sticky-bomb hits a car, fills it with gas

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Re : FunkyEric

That's absolutely correct. Because that way they don't get picked up and nabbed for something stupid like not wearing a seatbelt, or doing 5mph over the speed limit, or dropping litter, etc. etc.

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Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

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Boffin

Not quite as insulting this time.

But he forgot a number of points.

1) Dress for an INTERVIEW! Your favourite geek tee-shirt won't do. And yes, I've had an interviewee turn up in tee-shirt and jeans. Cleavage DOES NOT WORK! If it does you really, really don't want to work there. I have blackballed a candidate simply because of inappropriate dress.

2) Posture. This is important. Look as though you are interested in the interviewers and what they are saying. Even if it is a bunch of crap.

3) Say Hello, say Goodbye. Manners maketh the man. They also help make the employed.

4) Most technical managers doing the interview are probably as nervous as you are. If they feel that you are at ease, that will probably help them too. This brings major brownie points.

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Leo DiCaprio slated to play Turing in biopic

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Coat

But I thought ...

that Leonardo DiCaprio died in Titanic.

I'm sure he did. I watched it eight times just to make sure.

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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or even religious fanatics who are lawyers.

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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Pint

Never bought into the i* thing. Was impressed by the Apple Lisa, after than, no.

Mr. Jobs, the man... A great loss to his family, my condolences to them.

A loss to the business world? well, that depends on your views of his business ethics. As others have said, like him or loath him, he had a tremendous impact on the way we now live our lives.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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"and gets to keep your children to boot."

Ummm... It's starting to look better now. How many do they want and where do I ship them?

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iPhones 'excellent for doing experiments on their owners'

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Flame

Re : Jedit

"And what do they intend to use when they need to test the upper end of the intelligence spectrum?"

The ability to leave the bluudy thing alone for ten minutes.

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The IBM PC is 30

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Boffin

Re : Solomon Grundy

I was using non-IBM PC's in the mid to late 80's. We even had an official copy of Flight Simulator. If a PC could run FS, it _WAS_ IBM compatible.

I worked on the Sirius 1 (Victor 9000), and machines from Aston Technologies an outfit near Birmingham (the UK Brum).

There were a huge number of third party manufacturers around then. Low margins finished most of them though.

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Average sozzled Brit sinks 5,800 pints during life

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Pint

That's Average consumption, right

So, given the number of teetotalers that I know, the rest of us probably need intravenous drips (or should that be pressure pumps?) to keep up the numbers.

I should add that my wife drove me to drink.

God bless her.

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Cops tweet about cuffed twits who incited violence via Twitter

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Re : AC - 20110811 21:34 GMT

"Education is the way out of this problem."

And most of the chavs I've seen don't want education.

In the forces they'd be subject to a strict formalised environment where they can be educated.

Its either national service, of bringing the SAS into our schools to impose discipline on these feral buggers.

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DARPA drops another HTV-2

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Oh come on!!!!

At least make your story believable.

Finding your hammer drill indeed.

I don't know.

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David Cameron turns water cannons on social networks

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Joke

Re : Dan 55

"Perhaps he should be in talks with the Finnish government to share education methods."

WHAT!!! You mean we should start trying to educate these people!!!!

Go and have a lie down Sir, you're obviously delusional.

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$25 toy radio used to knock out feds

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"The GirlTECH IMme: Giving girls access to technology was always going to be dangerous"

We really are missing Ms Bee aren't we.

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Martian water slides caught on camera (maybe)

Wommit

Possibly...

"Slinging an expensive remote-controlled buggy across will of course not get quite as much done, but it's a lot cheaper and a lot lower risk."

But if you posted an ad in, say flight magazine, "Wanted qualified test pilots for one way Mars mission. 8.5 months in hard radiation 24 months of supplies and no possibility of resupply. Four positions available. Send CV to NASA.

Then I think that you'd need to employ three or four extra admin / HR staff to sort through the CVs and, maybe a platoon of SEALs to stop them trying to break in and plead their case in person.

Exploration is incredibly dangerous. But, if humanity wishes to survive, then it needs to get its collective arse in gear and get off this rock.

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NASA Legonauts set for Jupiter voyage

Wommit

Just thought of something

If they really want to colonise space, Shirely they'd take TWO ladies and ONE bloke.

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Wommit
Coat

Bugger!

Those swine Legonauts are going to colonise space before we do.

Sods.

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Sci/tech MPs want peer review, not pal review

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This is the reason...

"The inquiry into peer review came after the release of the Climategate files, which revealed academics at the University of East Anglia selectively disclosing data needed to replicate their results, hiding from Freedom of Information Act requests, recommending destruction of email trails, and vowing to "redefine" the peer-review process to keep papers they disagreed with out of the publication system."

This and this alone should have been enough to have the scientific world screaming at the CRU.

Golbal warming is far too serious _NOT_ to publish full data, show the algorithms and assumptions used, and present conclusions.

The 'Hockey Stick' graph, would have been laughed out of existence _IF_ the full data and algorithms had been published.

So we now have 'scientists' who are ready to block access and pervert the usual quality processes, I cannot help but wonder WHY.

This time, _WE_ really do need to know.

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US Navy orders laser machine guns

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Pirate

And...

where does the shark sit?

People want to know.

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Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

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I just LOVE these

'it can't be done' proclamations. The 'it's impossible!' ones are just as good.

We'll all have a good laugh about this when time travel is a reality, made possible by ignoring the so called 'limits'.

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Romanian NASA hacker fights 'inflated' damage assessment

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Facepalm

@Justin Clements

You try getting a 'suspended prison sentence'. It is a punishment, one that will affect his entire life. _IF_ he gets caught, and convicted, for anything else during the period of his sentence then he goes inside.

So he might not serve 1 day behind bars, he might serve 16 months.

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El Reg to unleash rocket-powered spaceplane

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Just an idea

Use laser ring gyros. No drift and very, very accurate. Light weight too.

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Wommit
Boffin

This is a Britsh project isn't it?

So it's got to be done in a garage.

Just has to be.

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Sheila's Fails? The statistics of biological risk

Wommit
Boffin

A number of people

still are posting the "I drive ten miles a year and pay more than my wife/girlfriend/SO who drives a million miles a year and has an accident every day!" And "But this man / woman / sloth is paying the same as..." And Insurers should look at the individuals risk.

Go back to reading the DM. You're lack of understanding of the insurance system is beginning to bore me.

Do you buy you shirts / shirts from a bespoke tailor?

No, you by them from a shop which sells to a large number of people. So you get a "STANDARD" item of clothing.

And just WHAT makes you think that insurance is any different? If you want a cheap insurance deal, you'll go to a company who sells to tens of thousands of people. You'll put up with not having "your" risk calculated for the sake of saving a few quid.

There are quite a lot of insurers who would just love to insure you PERSONALLY. But it will cost you.

Just like a made to measure suit will cost a lot more than the off the peg counterpart.

So, you have your choice go cheap and get an 'off the peg' deal. Go tailored just for you and pay through the nose for it. Your choice.

So now you can stop whinging that the insurers are cheating you, because THEY aren't assessing YOUR risk. Go to a respectable broker and They'll arrange insurance just for you.

Also men and women are different. I don't know why, but they are. If you feel that you must make the genders equal then start at the beginning. In the UK 1011 girls are born for every 1000 boys. Start with that. Get the birth rates equal. How are you going to sort that one out?

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Flame

The law is an ass

In the discussions of this ECJ ruling I have heard time and time again 'Insurers are just greedy bastards' and words to that effect.

Insurance, and re-insurance, is just a business. It needs to make profits to survive just like any other business. And, like all other businesses insurers are in direct competition with other insurers.

So, unless you can prove collusion and price fixing within the industry each insurer must try to keep their costs, and thus premiums down to the minimum that they can. This is simple business sense.

Another, often voiced, claim is that insurers think that one group of people are 'better' or 'worse' drivers than another group. this is just untrue. The insurers _know_ that one group of people is a higher risk than another. And another group is a much lower risk than others. Yes this is based on statistics. And it is based on actual experience.

If I do a SELECT on my claims database, and group the output to show total payments, broken by age ranges, and split by gender, then the output, from a history of actual claims, is obvious. Younger males are a greater risk than older females. This is a fact. I don't care if you scream discrimination, all motor insurers will be able to show the same outputs from their own data. Facts do not discriminate. They are just facts.

So, this judgment is purely social engineering. Trying to ignore reality and impose a world view on to facts that doesn't fit, damages, not only the businesses it relates to, but the people who use those businesses.

If we take into account age as well, then similar data mining will show the obvious results. Women, on average, live longer than men. Don't blame me for this, it too is a fact. On average men have different medical histories than women. No matter how loud you demand that these be made equal, it won't happen. These are facts. And facts do not care what social engineers think.

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Surrey nudists tossed out into the cold after lease expires

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Pint

Re : AC 20110301 23:11

"Grow Up and stop acting like snickering school children."

Sarah's been trying to get us to grow up for years. She hasn't managed it what make you thing you've a better chance?

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Apple to launch queue-jumping service for little people

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Pint

Re : Sarah Bee

Tired Sarah?

I might have been the first to post it, but I bet I wasn't the only one who thought it.

:)

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Wommit
Pint

No,

that would be iGenius.

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The job of a server is...

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Paris Hilton

WOW!!!

That was interesting.

Especially for an IT tech site where most of us are driving servers daily.

Are you sure that this article wasn't meant for the Plumbers Weekly?

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ECJ gender ruling 'could throw insurance into turmoil'

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Pint

Insurance

is the transference of risk. that's it pure and simple.

If a person is within a group which the insurance companies have found to be a higher risk, then they will be charged more. This is irrespective of age gender colour or religion. If you are in a group which has shown itself to be a low risk then you will pay a reduced premium. The questions that you're asked on your application are all about identifying _precisely_ which group you belong in.

Insurance companies have huge data sets to mine for this type of information and, in a hugely competitive market, they cut their margins as much as possible.

If you wish to complain about sexual discrimination in insurance then have a go at companies like Sheila's Wheels, companies who only sell to a single gender.

But complaining that you fit into a group which has a higher than average number of claims every year is pointless. Do something to get out of that group, take the advance drivers tests. That will lower your premium.

But no, it's far easier to just whinge at the insurance companies and blame them.

Yes, I am a DBA for an insurance / reinsurance company in the city.

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Wommit

Oh Boy, err girl... err human

Sheila's wheels will be stuffed.

So why, when there is a huge amount of statistical evidence to support the insurance industry's premium differentials, are people complaining about this?

Is it just jealousy? Is _SHE_ paying less for her insurance that _them_? How about me, I pay more for health insurance than a twenty year old. Should I complain and get a refund for the last 30+ years of private health insurance?

How about premium differentials within genders but by age? A younger driver pays more than an older driver. they pay more because they are a higher risk. Both of these drivers pay less than a very old driver. Again because they are a higher risk again.

None of these decisions are made on the basis of gender, they are all made purely on perceived risk for each person.

All these complains and (if made) judgments will do is drive up the premiums for everybody. NOBODIES premiums will go down.

So well done whoever you were. You can be pleased with yourself that you took a working system and broke it. Well fucking done.

Anyway, if there's a company called Sheila's Wheels purely for the girlies, why can't we have a Mike's Motors, or Clarkesons Cowboys for the boys? Gotta keep things equal dontchaknow.

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Norway gov mulls blocking online gambling

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Big Brother

So...

Gambling is OK _only_ when you pay tax to the local government. Got it.

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