* Posts by Wommit

262 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009

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Rosetta probe spots Comet 67P being buzzed by boulder

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Alien

Was it wearing an indecent shirt?

People need to know so they can go ballistic over nothing.

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Your smartphone can be a 3D scanner, say boffins

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Re: "the lost art of efficient programming"

"But when we've got all this memory and fast processors, *why* should we have to bother writing efficient code...?"

Ask the people who coded Elite into the 32KB of a BBC micro.

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: What a hoot!!

" import broker fees."

Umm. What are they? I've bought from both the USA and China and never had anyone ask for "brokers fees."

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Vote now: Who can solve a problem like Ashley Madison?

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Re: Oversight!

DBA Barbie wouldn't have let the system get so shite that it could be hacked in the first place!

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German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

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Re : 404

Thanks, you reminded me of that book. I'll have to reread it as soon as possible. Never know when I might not be able to get to a keyboard to order it. :)

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Big Brother

Status Quo

No, not the group. Governments, all of them, want to maintain the status quo. With the emphasis of static. Then THEY remain in power rather than any upstart newbie. The UK's two party system nearly had a heart attack before the last election when it appeared that an upstart (UKIP) might enter into mainstream politics.

No, all governments want things to stay as they are. They may swap Tory for Labour, Demorcrats for Republicans, but the established power mongers remain. And the voters voice is made weaker and weaker day by day.I really wonder why our rulers still bother with elections anyway. The outcomes rarely make any difference to the electorate anyway.

So the government will use all of its vast powers and resources to keep an eye on what the enemy (no, not the foreigners, the locals) are doing. And give themselves any additional lawfull powers that they may think necessary.

AC, no. Why bother. If the GCHQ doesn't already have a copy of El Regs membership DB then its only a quick hack, or a meeting in a park, or pub. A USB drive going one way and a brown envelope going the other. You know what I mean. And knock knock on the door.

At five AM.

With a sledge hammer.

Its been nice knowing you all.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Rant

Lots of comments about kids using computers & stuff, a few about kids actually programming them too. All of this interaction with the hardware, whether it be a Pi or PC or Arduino, all of it takes a keyboard.

When are we going to teach our kids to touch type? It would take a couple of hours a week in primary school. Then they would be able to concentrate on what they wanted the kit to do, games or wondrous things, rather than "where the hell is an 'n'?"

Every one of us uses a keyboard at some point in our daily lives. Why are we not teaching our kids to use them effectively?

Nurse says I have to lie down now.

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IBM tries to dodge $1bn sueball for deal won with 'ethical transgressions'

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Re: For a payroll project?

"The problem was that the Health Dept employs all manner of specialist folks and pays people differently depending on hours worked. So a certain class of nurse could be paid different rates at different times of day, then again on weekends. Figuring out all that stuff made for massive complexity."

Maybe that's why we use computers to work this stuff out.

"And the goalposts kept shifting ..."

And Big Blue just kept quiet and thought of the profits.

I wrote a (rather small - 100ish staff, 300 - 400 tasks) staff costing system in the 1980's. Part was paper based part was computerised. It too had different rates for different jobs etc. etc. Not too much problem there. It's basically a solved puzzle. User stupidity however, nothing can solve that.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Thumb Up

Re: Year 7 = 11 years old : Re Where can I get one?

Ebay, in about 4 to 5 months time.

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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And the problem with killing a drone is?

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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Unhappy

"If you are not using Linux on your desktop then I guess you must be one of the less clever home users, or you work for a backward thinking company - sorry to hear that!"

Or you / your business uses software that hasn't been ported onto Linux because there isn't enough of a market there.

Grow up!

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New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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Law isn't about justice. It's about who can outspend the other.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: I'll believe in equality

Boris, I've worked with women in engineering and IT. Strangely they're just like men, good, bad, amazing & appalling each in turn. I've been under the aircraft with them as oils and other strange & possible toxic materials dripped down, and I've shared an open office with them, and coded & developed systems together.

Overall, I'd prefer to work with someone who knew their job, irrespective of race age gender species etc etc.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Unhappy

Sound like a normal day to me.

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Pray for AMD

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Re: Shouldn't be understood the wrong way

"The future of PCs is not with Windows, the people still using Windows are either stuck with legacy software requiring legacy hardware, or don't see anything bad with Android."

Christian how on Earth can you say this? Companies will stay with the software that runs their companies. And currently that's Windows. You don't have to like or dislike this, it's a fact. Until business software is released on other OS's businesses with HAVE to remain on windows.

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

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FAIL

Well, apart from this article sounding quite a lot like an advert, I can see a number of problems with this.

Weight, as has been mentioned above, most current buildings won't be able to take the weight of this type of oil bath. Ground floor, mmm... maybe, with a good thick concrete pad. . First / higher floors, no way. Greenfield sites would be able to build the necessary infrastructure, but the cost might put a been counter off. Also the infrastructure required to manage the oil and it's subsequent water / air cooling will be complex, Involving skills not yet normal in a data centre. The weight of an oil filled server is going to be a problem too. (Yes, I know that servers can drain, but you have to raise it out of the oil bath to allow that.)

Contamination, muck and debris from the blades & components themselves would be an unwelcome intruder into an oil baths circulation system. Replenishing / replacing oil is not usually a clean job.

Repairs & replacements are going to be a nightmare. Taking any server or Blade rack out of the oil bath is going to very messy. It is also going to take much more room to operate on the oil bath(s) than that of a current air cooled rack space. Another cause for oil replacement, And what about the units warranty when returning a (new-ish) component for replacement? Upgrading, well just forget about that. Replace the whole bath with a new unit.

Fire risks. Now have a quick word with your insurers as to how you're going to minimise the fire risk and how much they'll want to even consider insuring you. Oil burns, electronic components get hot, sometimes very hot. Should the temperature of your oil bath exceed a safe limit the whole bath has to be taken down. How many servers did you put in there?

Leaks, they're going to be fun. They will happen, usually when most inconvenient. Just what are the health & safety implications of a large number of litres of oil washing round the floor going to be?

Currently oil baths are fine for one offs, or trial installations, but the technology needs to mature a lot more before it becomes viable for large data centres.

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Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers' privacy

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Re: The USA started all this crap ...

My we are a little scared aren't we?

Yes, we in the UK do remember Lockerby, and that troublesome day in September 2001. We also remember all of the bombings in Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. Have you every heard of them? Perhaps Europeans are not as terrified as the USA appears to be because we have had experience of fanatical terrorists before the current crop came along. Do a bit of research, lots of bombers were caught using standard police techniques during the 70's & 80's.

The USA had been isolated from real terrorism for years, and was very rudely awoken from it's unreal sense of invulnerability. Europe has been aware of the alphabet soup of terrorist organisations for a long time.

What happened after the Hyde Park bombing? We went about our business as usual. The culprits were hunted. Birmingham bombings, er ... same thing. Lockerby? A tragedy, but it didn't cause world changing panic. And the bomber was identified, again through standard police procedures.

So, yes, the USA did start all of this crap. The rest of the world was very aware that changing would allow the terrorists to win. Thank you USA, they have. Your Patriot Act showed them that they'd won. Your three letter agencies are just reinforcing facts already know. Terror has won and rationality has lost.

Now show me how many terrorists, pedophiles, or file shares that have been caught with all of this data collection (legal and otherwise.)

It real is time that the USA grew up and grew a pair.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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Re: Feature set?

So far it looks like Geany is the better of the two.

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Coat

Re: Thorin...

... sits down and starts singing about gold.

"Gold, gold, gold, gold..."

Oh bugger, can't remember the next verse... something like... Gold, er... glod, not that's not right. GOLD! yeah that's it. Gold, gold gold...

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mSpy: We haven't been breached. Customers: Oh yes you have

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MySpy has been spyed on.

Irony isn't only "a bit like iron."

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

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Re: It isn't eight cores and it's still embarassingly slow

Well, while you're talking about SINGLE THREADED apps, sure. You are correct. Lots of games have a sweet spot at 4 cores (like a lot of intels offerings.) These are OK if you only game, or are happy with only a few open programs.

Me though, I use a number of sensible programs that use ALL of the available cores. And they fly with my FX9590. I have a large screen real estate and many forground programs and a number of background services too. my kit rarely gets to 40C (about 20C above ambient.) A corsair H110 water cooler sees to that, and I only run at stock clock speed, 4.7GHz.

I use Intel i7's at work, it is trying to provide the same environment as I use at home. My home workstation is far, far more usable than the i7 setup.

The total cost of ownership weights heavily in AMDs favour too. AMD based motherboards, CPUs and High end graphics cards are much cheaper than the intel / nvidia products.

IMHO if you want to play, get intel. If you need to work, get AMD.

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Oh yes, still sniggering.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Devil

In the late '70s I had a discussion with a colleague regarding the efficiency of cylinder combination locks. I said that they were crap, he thought that his was good security.

To prove him wrong I opened his lock, dissembled it and rearranged the combination cylinders. The whole job took less that 5 minutes.

When I later found him cursing & swearing at his 'broken' lock, I paused and told him the new combination. He changed his bike lock that night.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Flame

Don't forget that it doesn't cost the content producers, as always the tax payers have to foot the bill.

Once upon a time copyright was a civil matter, now we tax payers have to pay to protect other peoples IP.

Note,

I think INTELLECTUAL property is a breach of the advertising laws. After all have you seen some of the tripe that comes out of Hol/Bol-iwood now-adays?

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Pint

@A Non e-mouse

Bit like going to the cinema then, eh?

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: Guilty

Just GUILTY, there fixed it for you.

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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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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

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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

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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?

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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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